Sunday, July 09, 2006

Cayman Brac to Have Hyperbaric Chamber

In an article on Cayman Net News, "Diving safety upgrade with hyperbaric chamber" which can be seen in full at it is noted that Cayman Hyperbaric Services (CHS) is expanding to the Brac and will install a hyperbaric chamber at Faith Hospital that should be operational by the end of the year.

John and Ann Elliott own and manage CHS, the company that has operated the hyperbaric chamber at the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town for the last ten years.

The chamber on the Brac should be supported by twelve volunteers initially. This is a major investment, and the company must recoup some of this before there are funds to pay staff, explained Mr Elliott.

However, the chamber has always been well-supported by the diving community on Grand Cayman and he is certain that support would be forthcoming from dive staff on Cayman Brac.

Operators who show particular interest will be sent for training to Duke University, which has its own hyperbaric chambers and where Divers Alert Network (DAN) run courses in conjunction with the university.

The Brac chamber will be smaller than the one in Grand Cayman, holding one bed rather than two. It is expected to be on the Island in September, and will then have to be put into operational order with all the ancillary equipment attached before use.

“It should be running by the end of the year, sooner if possible,” said Mr Elliott.