Tuesday, July 18, 2006

More About the Hyperbaric Chamber in Dominica

Since our report about the hyperbaric chamber in Dominica, we have received this press release from Arun Madisetti.

"The long awaited hyperbaric chamber is now installed, tested, and
operational at the Princess Margaret Hospital, Roseau.

A staff comprising of emergency nurses, hospital technicians, and Dive
Instructors have been trained by the manufacturer to operate and man it.
The chamber has been needed for a long time, and through the Ministry of
Tourisms, Ecoutourism Development Program, funded by the European Union, one
was sourced and brought to the island.

The chamber is a Haux Starcom 1500, able to take 4 seated or 2 seated and
one lying patient.

The Dominica Watersports Association anticipates that it would be used for
at worst case scenario 2 cases a year,acting mainly as a safety blanket,
should the unforseen occur.The Watersports Associations standards are
amongst the highest in the region for all watersports. The benefits for
medical applications are obvious.

Hyperbaric medical training was conducted under the auspices of the Undersea
and Hyperbaric Medical Society,by Dr. Julian Eden of the London Diving
Chamber and E-Med., hyperbaric technical training was undertaken by Haux.

Arun Madisetti
Marine Manager
Soufriere Scotts Head Marine Reserve
Dominica Marine Reserves
C/o Fisheries Division
Bay Front Headquarters
Commonwealth Of Dominica
00109-8000, West Indies

tel: (767) 266-5266
http://www.dominicamarinereserves.com "