NHS FACILITY

DIVER EMERGENCY HELPLINE: 24/7 0151 648 8000

NORTHWEST RECOMPRESSION CHAMBER.

Hyperbaric
Medicine

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT) involves breathing pure oxygen at higher than atmospheric pressures in an enclosed chamber. This process causes oxygen to be absorbed by all body fluids and by all body cells and tissues, even those with blocked or reduced blood flow. This increased flow of oxygen  may help to restore function to damaged cells and organs. Whilst in the chamber the patient breathes 100% oxygen delivered via a mask or an air hood.

Several disease states have been shown to respond to either primary or adjunct HBO therapy including intravascular gas or bubble-mediated diseases, carbon monoxide poisoning, acute and chronic infections and ischaemic processes. The European Committee for Hyperbaric Medicine (EHCM) has advocated hyperbaric oxygen as first line treatment of the following :

  • Air or gas embolism
  • Decompression illness
  • Gas gangrene
  • Necrotising fasciitis
  • Post-radiotherapy tissue damage
  • Preparation for surgery in previously irradiated tissue

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society

In addition, the USA Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society (UHMS) supports the use of hyperbaric oxygen for the following :

  • Crush injury
  • Severe blood loss anaemia
  • Selected problem wounds
  • Compromised skin flap and grafts
  • Refractory osteomyelitis
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Thermal burns

We have two recompression chambers, both have very different roles.

The diving research chamber is a fully equipped saturation chamber with full mixed gas facility and a 34.4 bar (1000′ of seawater) capability. It is one of the deepest diving chambers in the country for research.

This chamber allows our team to conduct research and trials relating to diving and treatment tables. We are also able to to test equipment to ensure it is capable of with standing a pressurised environment.

Our second chamber is a medical chamber which features a walk-in door and can hold up to 8 seated patients or 2 hospital theatre trolleys.

There are intensive care facilities within both hyperbaric chambers, including high-tech patient monitoring and ventilatory support for management of the critically ill. In addition to the equipment within the chambers, we have the ability, if necessary, to defibrillate a patient whilst the chamber is pressurised.


Hyperbaric Facility

The Hyperbaric Facility is one of only 9 ‘Cox’ Category One facilities on the UK mainland.

We can deal with any Hyperbaric emergency, including patients requiring full intensive support. We are also capable of treating multiple patients simultaneously.

The team consists of consultants who have experience in anaesthesia, intensive care and Hyperbaric medicine. They are supported by ICU nurses and a strong technical support team who provide expert care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The facility has a helicopter landing site adjacent to the Hyperbaric Facility allowing immediate access to the recompression chambers for patients arriving via helicopter.

Our
Patients
Our
Patients
Once referred to the Hyperbaric Unit, each individual is clinically assessed by a doctor who will decide upon an appropriate hyperbaric treatment regime.

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Emergencies
and Advice
Emergencies
and Advice
Emergency Recompression Chamber Help and Advice Line: +44 (0) 151 648 8000 – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Sport Diver
Courses
Sport Diver
Courses
We provide Chamber Dry Dives, Emergency Diver Medic and HSE Chamber Awareness Courses.

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Maritime
Training Hub
Maritime
Training Hub
We offer Diver Medical Technician Full and Refresher Courses.

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PHTLS
Course
PHTLS
Course
We no longer promote PHTLS. Although PHTLS has served us well for a number of years it does not fit the UK model. As a result most are moving to the New European Pre-Hospital Trauma Care Course.

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Diving
Medicals
Diving
Medicals
We undertake 3 types of diving medical at ESTC: Commercial and HSE Approved Medical, Offshore (UKOG) Medical and Seafarer’s Medical.

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NHS FACILITY

 Relocated to the Emergency Services Training College

2 East street Birkenhead  Wirral CH41 1BY

DIVER EMERGENCY HELPLINE: 0151 648 8000

NORTHWEST RECOMPRESSION CHAMBER.