Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A Case of the Bends

Some aspects of this island are very sophisticated and advanced. Take this, for example:



It's a hyperbolic chamber. Good thing we have it. Just since July it has been used no less than 7 times for fishermen/divers who have stayed down too long in their pursuit of the almighty lobster. Just to show you how unusual this number is, last year it was used twice.

3 comments:

John W said...

Hyperbaric medicine seems to be in vogue, at least in Mexico. One of our local hospitals has a hyperbaric chamber, and we're an eight-hour drive from any deep water here in the Bahio. Someone told me it's used to speed healing of wounds. I once thought it might be used to treat altitude sickness, but we're only at 6400'.

I wonder if this trend is in the USA as well.

Andee said...

Maybe it's a case of "if you build it, they will come". I'm glad it's there.

Jan in Oregon said...

I have heard they are used to treat persistent/life threatening staff infections. Don't know if that's factual, however with the number of staff infections on the rise, that might explain why there are more being constructed.

Jan