When people think of Borneo, especial those who have never heard of Kota Kinabalu or Sabah, they often wonder about what facilities are available in case of certain dive emergencies. Well, put your mind to rest; Borne is HyTech.
Recently Downbelow received a special invitation from the Malaysia Naval Base in Sepangar to go and check out their brand new hyperbaric treatment chamber, the newest, most modern installation in Malaysia.
Thanks to Lt. Col. Dr. Hakimi, Downbelow’s staff got a very informative presentation and tour of the impressive hyperbaric treatment chamber facility and its decompression applications.
As a vessel inside which the atmospheric pressure can be increased up to 5 bar, the hyperbaric treatment chamber has a variety of applications. Administering oxygen under pressure enables treatment with up to 100% oxygen, for instance.
Divers would be most familiar with this equipment in the context of treating dive emergencies like decompression sickness, but the hyperbaric treatment chamber has a wider use for the local community as well.
Interestingly enough, it has been quite effective in the treatment of gas gangrene, a condition often afflicting type II diabetics. The hyperbaric treatment chamber can also be used for carbon monoxide poisoning and certain respiratory diseases.
The outing and introduction to the modern facilities at the Sepangar Naval Base was most informative in educating our staff about the latest decompression technologies available to divers in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah should the need arise during a dive emergency.
Thanks to Lt. Col. Dr. Hakimi and the personnel at the Malaysia Naval Base. More pictures of Kota Kinabalu’s hyperbaric treatment chamber.