Burns victim – treated with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
On 27th October 2009 we first met Fletcher who had been in a house fire in Christchurch. Fletcher is the reason that his family survived the fire, so he is a pretty special patient and a bit of a character! Fletcher was in the garage (see below) and raised the alarm by barking constantly until he had woken everyone up!
Roger Bay, one of our principal vets, saw Fletcher on a house call and at that stage he had severe burns to pads on all four feet, large burned areas on his abdomen with more becoming apparent as the skin and hair lifted.
Fletcher was being treated with antibiotics, pain relief and Mebo Burn Repair ointment, it was also recommended that he have several treatments in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber to increase the availability of the oxygen to the damaged tissues. Also important with burns is the ability of the pressurised oxygen to assist in killing bacteria along with the antibiotics.