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Controversial issues in hyperbaric oxygen therapy: a European Committee for Hyperbaric Medicine Workshop

Posted Aug 19 2011 3:51pm

After writing the post on the University of California HBOT paper ( Brief Report: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Clinical Trial ) this new abstract came out: Controversial issues in hyperbaric oxygen therapy: a European Committee for Hyperbaric Medicine Workshop.

It covers a discussion of applications of HBOT which were not yet considered in their previous workshop. This includes autism as a condition to treat with HBOT. Their conclusion: rate HBOT for autism as “not-accepted”.

Every few years, the European Committee for Hyperbaric Medicine (ECHM) publishes its recommendations concerning the clinical indications for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). The last recommendations were issued during the 7th European Consensus Conference on Hyperbaric Medicine in 2004. Since then, several publications have reported on the use of HBOT in some indications in which it has not yet been recommended routinely, namely aseptic bone necrosis, global brain ischaemia and autism. Patients or their families push physicians and staff of hyperbaric facilities to use hyperbaric treatment regardless of the quality of the scientific evidence. Therefore, the ECHM Workshop “Controversial issues in hyperbaric oxygen therapy” was convened as a satellite meeting of the 2010 European Underwater and Baromedical Society Annual Scientific Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey in 2010. For each topic, a set procedure was used: first came a general report by specialists in the topic, incorporating a review of current pathophysiological, experimental and clinical evidence. Then, there were reports from hyperbaric facilities that had gained clinical experience in that condition, followed by a general discussion with specialists present in the audience. Finally, statements regarding each topic were proposed and voted on by the audience and these were presented to the ECHM Executive Board for consideration and possible approval. In conclusion, the use of HBOT in femoral head necrosis will be proposed during the next ECHM Consensus Conference to become an ‘accepted’ indication; whilst the use of HBOT in global brain ischaemia and autism should retain its current ECHM recommendations, that it should be ‘optional’ and ‘non-accepted’ respectively.

  1. Autism Blog – Controversial issues in hyperbaric oxygen therapy: a … | My Autism Site | All About Autism:
    [...] Read the original post: Autism Blog – Controversial issues in hyperbaric oxygen therapy: a … [...]
  2. HBOT Autism:
    HBOT has gone a long way when it comes to improving the condition of Autistic patients. It is indeed a promising treatment method.
  3. David N. Andrews M. Ed., C. P. S. E.:
    H-bot: "HBOT has gone a long way when it comes to improving the condition of Autistic patients." No, it fucking hasn't! H-bot: "It is indeed a promising treatment method." No, it fucking isn't!
  4. Will Europe soon accept HBOT formaly in the treatment of Autism – The National Hyperbaric Directory:
    [...] The European Committee for Hyperbaric Medicine (ECHM) ruled in 2004 that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) as a treatment for autism is “optional” and “non accepted” .  Will that ruling be overturned at the next Consensus Conference?  http://leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk/2011/08/controversial-issues-in-hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy-a-europea... [...]
  5. Frank:
    Dear david, first the language is not needed,second do u have an autist child that has undergone HBOT . I guess not by ur response ,but then again maybe u have and it didn't help,which would explain ur attitude...but rem. Not all DRUGS work for everyone and have different effects on different on different Px. I do have a child and have seen the effects that HBOT has had on his quality of life . Which is why I now do what I do...I guess seeing is believing ...and yes some it doesn't help but if only one is helped then its well worth it. But I have seen more than ONE

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