Air Embolism Treatment
Treatment for air embolism depends on the extent of the blockage, the size of the embolism, and the location of the air in the bloodstream. When the air embolism blocks the flow of blood to a vital organ, treatment requires emergency hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The person is placed in a pressure chamber, which reduces the size of the air bubbles and allows blood to flow through the arteries again. Treatment in the hyperbaric chamber may prevent damage to the organs.
Treatment for an air embolism may include:
- Intravenous fluids
- Cardiac monitoring
- Oxygen therapy
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Narcotic pain medication
- Emergency hyperbaric therapy:
- The person is placed in a pressure chamber, which decreases the size of bubbles in the bloodstream.
Air Embolism Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat an air embolism:
Continue to Air Embolism Warning Signs
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