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Hospital hyperbaric chamber to close for two weeks

On leave: the BHB’s hyperbaric chamber will be closed until September 19 (File photograph)

A hyperbaric chamber used after diving accidents and for some wound care patients will close tomorrow for more than two weeks.

The Bermuda Hospitals Board announced that the equipment will be available again on September 19.

A spokeswoman explained: “The hyperbaric chamber is used in the treatment of decompression diving accidents and is part of a treatment plan for some wound care patients.

“The chamber will close due to staff leave.

“No patients have been scheduled for the chamber during the closure period.”

She added: “All local diving facilities and bodies as well as all community physicians have been notified and advised on action to take should they encounter a decompression case.”

The spokeswoman provided the latest numbers for use of the hyperbaric chamber, which showed that there were 12 hyperbaric patients and 89 hyperbaric treatments in 2021-22.

From April 2020 to March 2021 the figures were four patients and 19 treatments.

The chamber was used for 16 patients and 119 treatments in 2019-20, with 14 patients and 127 treatments in 2018-19.

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Published September 03, 2022 at 7:52 am (Updated September 03, 2022 at 7:52 am)

Hospital hyperbaric chamber to close for two weeks

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