OxyFile #144

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for the treatment of debilitating fatigue 
associated with HIV/AIDS.

MR Reillo

Journal of the Association of Nurses in Aids Care
1993 Jul-Sep, 4(3):33-8.
(UI:  94003134)

Abstract:

Twenty-five HIV-infected patients underwent hyperbaric oxygen therapy 
to determine the treatment's effectiveness in relieving the 
debilitating fatigue associated with HIV/AIDS and its effect on 
immunologic function.  Patients were treated with 100% oxygen at two 
atmospheres of absolute pressure three times per week for two months, 
then two times per week on an ongoing basis.  Laboratory markers were 
assessed monthly.  All patients experienced relief of debilitating 
fatigue within one month of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.  It was 
concluded that hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an effective adjunctive 
treatment in the medical management of HIV/AIDS.  Laboratory markers, 
clinical significance, nursing implications, and cost-effectiveness of 
hyperbaric oxygen therapy are discussed.