The Ministry of Public Health has provided the first Hyperbaric chamber in Phuket, located at Vachira Phuket Hospital.This is used for accidents which can occur during diving and is also used to treat other illnesses which require Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy.
The chamber has been in service the 4 November 2002.The division of Underwater and Hyperbaric Medicine at Vachira Phuket Hospital are on duty all hours for Decompression illness without delay for the best chance of recovery with no residual damage.Nursing staff are present inside the chamber take care the patient for the emergency life support.
The chamber is committed to promote safe diving by providing education program for divers, fitness to dive, physical evaluation, counseling for diving related health issues and treat common diving problem such as barotraumas, marine animal injury or poisoning etc.
Indication of additional treatment by Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy from Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS)
- Air or Gas Embolism
- CO Poisoning and Smoke Inhalation
- Clostridial Gas Gangrene
- Crush Injury : Compartment Syndrome, Acute Traumatic Ischemia
- Decompression Sickness
- Problem Wound – Diabetic ulcer – Decubitus ulcer (Bed sore) – Vascular disease
- Exceptional Blood Loss
- Necrotizing Soft tissue Infection
- Refractory Osteomyelitis
- Compromised Skin Graft or Flap
- Radiation Injury
- Thermal Burn
- Intracranial Abcess