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The History Story of "Oxygen Therapy" - Popular Science of Hyperbaric Oxygen

The "Second Attack" of COVID-19 has attracted much attention

On Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

In fact, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has gone through a long development process.


After the discovery of oxygen, scientists have recognized its role in life activities through scientific research, and oxygen has gradually been applied in the treatment of many diseases.

  • In 1887, Hall's Hayton administered oxygen to pneumonia patients, which was the earliest recorded attempt at oxygen therapy.

  • Physiologist Holden established the oxygen mask method.

  • Scott designed the nasal cannula oxygen therapy.

  • Hill invented oxygen tents.

    "Oxygen therapy" was initially used for diseases such as pneumonia, neonatal lung atelectasis, lung collapse, and asthma, and later applied to diseases such as heart disease and cerebral infarction.


  • During the First World War, Holden successfully treated chlorine gas poisoning with oxygen, causing a sensation in the medical community.

  • In 1924, Holden administered oxygen to injured soldiers, greatly reducing the mortality rate.

At the same time, the medical community began researching hyperbaric oxygen.

  • In the late 1960s, American medical researchers began systematically observing the effectiveness of oxygen therapy in chronic hypoxemia.

  • In the 1970s, oxygen therapy began to be used in homes, not just hospitals, marking a major step forward in oxygen therapy.

  • In the early 1980s, there was a revolutionary breakthrough in the world's oxygen production technology—successful development of molecular sieve oxygen concentrators and continuous improvement of manufacturing technology, making home oxygen therapy an important treatment method and life support means for many discharged rehabilitation patients in preventing acute attacks.

  • In 1834, the Frenchman Junot built a high-pressure chamber.

  • Subsequently, the hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which involves breathing pure oxygen in a high-pressure environment, appeared to replace high-pressure treatment.


  • In February 1987, the first International Conference on Home Oxygen Therapy was held in the United States.

  • The meeting pointed out that adhering to "home oxygen therapy" can double the mortality rate of some diseases, extend the survival period, improve the quality of life, and reduce comprehensive medical expenses!


With the advancement of science and technology, the medical community has a deeper understanding of oxygen's involvement in body metabolism and the importance of oxygen, and "hyperbaric oxygen therapy" has attracted more and more attention.

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