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  1. Carney, Amy Y. PhD, NP


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has a rich and diverse history, both in the United States and around the world. From its early uses in war to the building of bridges, and through many introductions to innovations in the medical community, it has been debated and modified until its ultimate acceptance in multiple areas of patient care. Numerous areas of patient care use hyperbaric therapy, from wound care to military applications, in both single monoplace chambers and multipatient settings in larger chambers. This article provides an overview on the history, trial and error, and modern development of hyperbaric oxygen in clinical care therapies in 21st century medicine and nursing.