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Hyperbaric medicine

Preparing for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

How to prepare for hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Before starting treatment, there are a number of preparations you need to make. These will be discussed with you in detail by the hyperbaric medicine team.

Smoking and caffeine

Caffeine and tobacco products tighten the blood vessels and limit the amount of blood and oxygen that can be delivered to tissues. You should not use tobacco and caffeine products during your treatment.


It is very important that you provide the hyperbaric medicine team with a complete list of prescription and non-prescription medications you are taking (download, print and complete this form). Some medications change the body's response to oxygen. These will be discussed with you individually.


If you experience the symptoms of a cold or the flu (fever, cough, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, headache, diarrhea, body aches) please tell a hyperbaric staff member as soon as possible. The symptoms may require a temporary delay in your treatment schedule. When your symptoms go away, treatments may continue.

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