Divers Emergency Service is London’s leading Medical Facility for Diving Accidents, including the assessment and treatment of professional and recreational SCUBA Divers suffering from Decompression Illness (the Bends or DCI). We operate a 24 hour national Diving Accident Helpline, staffed by experienced and highly motivated Supervisors and Diving Doctors from Divers Emergency Service, and manning a fully equipped Multiplace Recompression Chamber.
Not only do we offer Hyperbaric Treatment in our decompression chamber for diving accidents, but also provide Wound Care services and undertake Hyperbaric research into Hyperbaric oxygen treatment for cancer patients suffering from conditions such as radiation tissue damage. We also carry out sports injury treatments and run Diving Medicine Courses for healthcare professionals.
What is a Hyperbaric Chamber?
A Hyperbaric chamber is a pressure vessel used to treat patients, including divers, suffering from certain diving disorders such as decompression sickness, Air embolism, severe carbon monoxide poisoning and a number of other conditions. Often the terms recompression chamber, decompression chamber, hyperbaric chamber, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber are used interchangeably. The names reflect the different purposes that the chambers are designed for, rather than their capability.
A decompression chamber is used to treat divers suffering from the Bends or in the context of surface supplied diving to allow the divers to complete their decompression schedule at the end of a dive on the surface rather than underwater. A hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber is normally used in a clinical setting, ie within a hospital or sporting context to treat patients whose condition might benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy, including divers. Multiplace chambers are capable of admitting more than one person (patients and In-chamber attendants), the largest of which can accommodate up to 10 – 12 persons at one time. For less seriously ill divers, the more common monoplace (single occupancy) chamber is often used, especially if it is the only one available. more on our chambers>
Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment
What is Hyperbaric Oxygenation (HBO) / Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment/Therapy (HBOT)?
Oxygen forms about 21% of the air we breathe. Oxygen masks are commonly used to give more than this percentage in medical treatments. In some situations, it is necessary to give even more oxygen than can be delivered by ordinary masks – to do this, it is breathed at a pressure greater than one atmosphere. This is HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY (HBOT). “Hyper” means increased and “baric” relates to pressure.
Sports Injury Treatments
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy should be considered an important adjunctive therapy in the management of acute trauma, which is often seen in sports injuries.
Our Hyperbaric Chamber facility operates a comprehensive wound healing service for the treatment of Non-healing (mainly hypoxic) complex wounds.
London Hyperbaric and Wound Healing Centres Ltd. is pleased to be able to confirm that we are be participating in the following Multi-Centre Research Trail in conjunction with the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research UK.