2001 an Australian designed and built Hyperbaric Chamber was
constructed in Coffs Harbor NSW by Fink Engineering Pty Ltd.
And moved by road to its present location
in Townsville North Queensland.
Total Length ..................... 13 meters
Width .............................. 3.56 meters
Max Height ................... 2.30 meters
Weight ............................... 48 tons
Weight of main door ............. 900kg
Max Pressure Main Lock .... 220kpa or 22msw
Max pressure Inner Lock .. 500kpa or 50msw
Patient numbers .......... 12 main Lock/6 Inner Lock
this new chamber is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, and is now
providing valuable service to both the diving community and medical patients.
This new chamber is unique in that all primary operations are computer controlled, with full manual backup if required.
Depth, temperature, humidity, and surveillance are computer monitored and controlled.
To allow observation of all areas within the chamber, full color closed circuit television
including audio is in operation as can be seen
by the picture below.
The main oxygen supply comes from the hospital o2 generators.
IS EVEN A "LOO"
Inside the entrance lock a fully functional flushable toilet is
provided for the comfort of both patients and nursing staff.
During a typical treatment of 1.5 hours, Patients will breathe 100% Oxygen and during treatment can be entertained by either reading, watching TV, video/DVD, or listening to music of their choice.
In this next picture (left) you can just see the nurses head sitting in a chair while the patient being treated is on the left and TV screen is in the foreground.
The medical team running this facility consists of the following staff
The above shot shows the opposite wall of the chamber without its covering and gas valves for the forward two Locks.
This picture show gas monitoring of each Lock.
Consisting of two oxygen monitors and one Co2
monitor. Flow meters are also used to ensure
correct gas is being fed to the Lock.
There is one of these panels for each Lock.
This picture shows a close up of the computer
screen displaying an actual profile being run
on a bent diver while I was present.
The computer also controls the gas mixtures
and flush through of the chamber.
This is done by air dumps controlled by
compressed air which is linked to the computer.
All exhaust gases are vented to the outside via
a collection manifold below the valves.
Gas in is also computer controlled here you
can see the three sensor panels and solenoid operated addition valves used to inject the right quantity of air, helium, or oxygen.
This shot shows the manual over-ride system
with basic gas in gas out controls and gas
mixture monitoring. To the right hand side
you can also see one of the small air locks used
to ferry food, medication, and liquids plus anything
else that may need to be passed in and out of the
chamber during a treatment.
the tour of the largest Decompression Chamber in the Southern Hemisphere
Special thanks to the team at the Hyperbaric unit in Townsville Hospital
for their patience with my questions and photography and
also Fink Engineering Pty Ltd.
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