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Dhaka Tribune

New therapy to up the odds of cure for burn patients

Update : 18 Feb 2016, 09:51 PM

In a bid to provide world-class treatment, the Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) has acquired two hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) chambers, the latest technology in burn therapy.

Brought in from the United States and costing Tk3.5 crore apiece, the HBOT chambers will be used to treat burn victims with respiratory system damage and to disinfect wounds.

Professor Dr Samanta Lal Sen, the burn institute’s founding director, told the Dhaka Tribune that the world-class technology had been brought from abroad to treat Bangladeshi patients free of cost.

HBOT is also effective in the treatment of diabetes-related complications, stroke and some pregnancy complications.

The therapy works by placing the patient in an oxygen-saturated environment. This enables tissue oxygen levels to remain high despite respiratory system damage.

Oxygen-rich environments are also effective in resisting bacterial growth, making HBOT useful in disinfecting wounds.

Burn institute doctors Assistant Professor Dr Md Rabiul Karim Khan and Dr Hosain Imam received training in the United States to operate the HBOT chambers. A team of experts from the US also trained 40 staff members at the hospital to operate the machines.

Some 28 patients have received the therapy and have been “completely cured,” burn institute doctors said.  Each session takes just over 2 hours and patients typically require 30 to 40 sessions.

“Patients can watch television or talk on the phone while receiving therapy,” Dr Rabi said.

“While in the United States, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can cost up to Tk4 lakh, in Bangladesh it is given totally free of charge,” Dr Rabi added.

The DMCH burn institute annually treats hundreds of burn victims. Currently, some 450 patients are being treated.  

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