HBO for chronic neurologic impairment post CVA
It is known that brain tissue healing is most active in the immediate and medium term post-stroke period and reduces significantly by 12 months to the point where the affected tissue becomes largely anaerobic.
It has been established that with HBO therapy that oxygen uptake in these tissues can occur at up to 24 months post-stroke with beneficial improvements in function. If this can be clearly evidenced and its effects shown to be long term it could show improvements in the patient's quality of life and in reduced rehabilitation costs.
The Trust believes this research should be pursued as a matter of urgency. A large, randomised, multi-centre trial is envisaged.