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What Are the Different Types of Anoxia Treatment?

By Meshell Powell
Updated May 17, 2024
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Anoxia treatment options depend on the extent of the brain damage as well as the underlying reason for the interruption of the oxygen supply to the brain. Prescription medications, oxygen therapy, and the use of a mechanical ventilator may be needed to stabilize the patient. After the medical crisis is over, anoxia treatment may include physical or occupational therapy, depending on the amount and type of brain injury sustained. Psychological therapy and supportive mobility devices may sometimes be necessary as well. The supervising physician should be contacted with any questions or concerns specific to an individual situation.

In many cases, anoxia treatment requires the use of prescription medications that may be introduced orally or through a small catheter known as an IV that has been inserted into a vein. Anticonvulsants may be used if the patient experiences convulsions or has a history of seizure disorders. Blood pressure medications or drugs designed to thin the blood or prevent clots may be needed in some situations. Steroids are often used to reduce brain swelling, and additional medications may be used to temporarily slow brain activity.

Restoring proper oxygen flow to the brain is a key component of anoxia treatment. In milder cases, the use of an oxygen mask may be all that is needed. More often, a device known as a ventilator is necessary to help the patient breathe until normal respiration returns and appropriate oxygen levels are restored. Abnormal heart rates may be treated by medications or surgical procedures, depending on the direct cause.

When the patient has been declared by a doctor to be medically stable and the extent of the brain damage has been determined, additional anoxia treatment methods may be implemented. Physical therapy may be recommended to help the patient regain muscle control and learn to walk or perform other daily tasks again. Occupational therapy can be beneficial in helping the affected person learn to perform self-care tasks such as bathing or dressing. Speech therapy may help if speech or the ability to swallow is negatively impacted by the brain injury.

Counseling or psychological therapy may be suggested by the medical staff to help the patient cope with any residual brain damage. Depression and anxiety are common when a person realizes that activities that came easily before the injury are no longer possible or are extremely difficult. Family members, especially those who adopt the role of caregiver, may also benefit from this resource.

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