TCOM; How we predict who will benefit from HBOT

TCOM; How we predict who will benefit from HBOT

October 02, 2017

With some medical conditions it is possible to predict how well HBOT will work to cure the problem.

This is by using transcutaneous oxygen monitoring – or TCOM.

TCOM is a non-invasive method of measuring the oxygen level of the affected tissue.

As oxygen is carried by the blood, TCOM is used as an indirect measure of blood flow to the tissue.

And as blood flow is important for wound healing, TCOM is used to predict the ability of tissue to effectively heal with HBOT.
It is most commonly used for lower leg problems caused by diabetes, but as the electrodes can be placed anywhere on the body it is also used for problem wound healing and post-irradiation tissue damage elsewhere on the body.

If the doctor thinks that TCOM will benefit in assessing a patient for HBOT, then it will be used before treatment is commenced.

TCOM can also be used to assess how well the HBOT is working by performing measurements after ten or twenty HBOT treatments.