USN HBOT for Non-Diving Disorders

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

These guidelines and indications are compiled directly from the US Navy Dive Manual and are intended for use by USN Dive Medical Officers in the treatment of injured USN divers. Preliminary instructions are included with the table, which makes it easier for reference and study than the actual USN Dive Manual.

“In addition to individuals suffering from diving-related disorders, U.S. Navy recompression chambers are also permitted to conduct emergent hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) therapy to treat individuals suffering from cyanide poisoning, carbon monoxide poisoning, gas gangrene, smoke inhalation, necrotizing soft-tissue infections, or arterial gas embolism arising from surgery, diagnostic procedures, or thoracic trauma. If the chamber is to be used for treatment of non-diving related medical conditions other than those listed above, authorization from BUMED Code M95 shall be obtained before treatment begins (BUMEDINST 6320.38 series.) Any treatment of a non-diving related medical condition shall be done under the cognizance of a Diving Medical Officer.”

“The guidelines given in the table below for conducting HBO2 therapy are taken from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society’s Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO2) Therapy Committee Report-2014: Approved Indications for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. For each condition, the guidelines prescribe the recommended Treatment Table, the frequency of treatment, and the minimum and maximum number of treatments.”

Guidelines for Conducting Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy


  • United States Navy Diving Manual, Revision 6 (Washington D.C.: US Government Press, 2008).

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