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Decompression chamber at TWI North provides local services

Connect, no. 139, November/December 2005, p.6

Decompression chamber at TWI North provides local services

The decompression chamber at TWI North in Middlesbrough has now been classified as a Type 2 chamber and can offer both emergency support for decompression illness and help for patients requiring hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) throughout the northeast region.

To provide third party treatment to sports divers and National Health patients, TWI registered with the National Care Standards Commission. Type 2 registration was achieved following a successful audit in August 2005.

Some of the conditions which may be treated with HBOT are:

  • air or gas embolism
  • decompression illness
  • carbon monoxide poisoning
  • gas gangrene
  • necrotising fasciitis
  • post radiotherapy tissue damage

TWI North will also be included on the call-out list of the Institute of Naval Medicine which means that emergency services such as the Coastguard will be able to use the chamber if required.

So far, TWI North has successfully treated four patients referred from the accident and emergency department of a local hospital, the latest of whom was suffering from the symptoms of a spinal bend.

For more information, please contact us.

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