5 November 2019 | The writers for Grey’s Anatomy, the longest-running ABC drama, recently received expert guidance from a Loma Linda University Health physician who visited the set of the show.
Laren Tan, MD, medical director for hyperbaric medicine at Loma Linda University Health (LLUH), explained to the writers the process in which doctors “dive” patients in hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy. This involves exposing patients to 100% oxygen at high pressure and is used to treat decompression sickness, carbon monoxide poisoning and other conditions.
“Hyperbaric oxygen is used to treat complex and challenging medical issues,” Tan said in a LLUH news story. “It’s exciting to see shows like Grey’s Anatomy introduce the therapy to a wider audience.”
Tan described working with the Grey’s Anatomy team as an “incredible experience” and explained that patients receive hyperbaric therapy daily at LLUH.
“Our hope is that someone may see the episodes and realize there’s a therapy they haven’t tried that could vastly improve their quality of life.”