Hyperbaric Chamber and Facility in Davao being inaugurated today.
On June 25, 2016 the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao announced the begin of construction of a new hyperbaric chamber facility in Davao City. Today, 2018-03-09 the two chambers are being inaugurated.
Such a facility already existed years before but had been transferred to Manila because only very few people down in the south needed pressure treatment. In 2014 and 2015 the region of Davao recorded an increasing number of dive bases and scuba divers. The absence of a hyperbaric chamber system had prevented the tourism department from fully promoting the region, especially the Island Garden City of Samal, as a diving destination.
TIEZA funded the facility which now houses the two Hyperbaric Chamber Systems (HCS). The Monoplace HCS was procured by the Office of the President through the facilitation of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office while the Multiplace HCS is from TIEZA.
The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), formerly the Philippine Tourism Authority, is an agency of the Philippine national government under the Department of Tourism responsible for implementing policies and programs of the department pertaining to the development, promotion, and supervision of tourism projects in the Philippines.
Hyperbaric Chamber Systems
Hyperbaric Chamber Systems (HCS) are not only used to treat diver’s decompression injuries. Among other life saving treatments are:
- Air or Gas embolism (diving accident or Iatrogenic)
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning or Smoke Inhalation
- Clostridial Myonecrosis (Gas Gangrene) and other Anaerobic Infections
- Delayed Radiation Injuries (Soft Tissues and Bony Necrosis)
- Thermal Burns ( 2nd Degree or more)
- Diabetic Wound Healing Disturbance /Selected Problem Wounds, Diabetic Foot Ulcer
- Crush Injuries, Compartment Syndrome and Acute Ischaemia (Traumatic or vascular basis)
- Compromised Skin Grafts and Flaps
- Severe Anemia (by loss of blood)
- Acute Healing Loss, Acute Acoustic Trauma with/without Tinnitus
Hyperbaric chambers in the Philippines
Source: Scuba Dive Philippines
Batangas Hyperbaric and Wound Healing Center
St. Patrick’s Hospital Medical Center
Lopez Jaena St. Batangas City 4200
Tel. +63-43-723-8388 Fax. +63-43-723-1606
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
Sangley Recompression Chamber
NSWG, Philippine Fleet
Naval Base Cavite
Sangley Point, Cavite City, Philippines
Contact Person: Capt. Pablo Acacio
Phone: +63 (46) 524-2061 local 4191 / 4193
DAN (Divers Alert Network) SE Asia Pacific:
Suite 123, Makati Medical Center,
2 Amorsolo St., Makati City 1200
Tel. No. (632) 817-5601
Contact Person: Dr. Benjamin Luna M.D.
AFP Medical Center – Recompression Chamber
V. Luna Road, Quezon City, Philippines
Contact Person: Jojo Bernardo, M.D., Fred C. Martinez
Phone: +63 (2) 920-7183
Phone: +63 (2) 426-2701 local 8991 / 6445
Subic Recompression Chamber
Subic Bay Freeport Zone,
SBMA, Olongapo City, Philippines
Contact Person: Randy Delara, Lito Roque
Phone: +63 (47) 252-7566
Phone: +63 (47) 252-7052, 252-5211 (evening)
Cebu Recompression Chamber
Viscom Station Hospital
Military Camp Lapu-Lapu
Lahug, Cebu City, Philippines
Contact Person: Mamerto Ortega, Mamerto Ortega
Phone: +63 (32) 310-709 Chamber
Phone: +63 (32) 232-2464 to 68 local 3625 / 233-9942
Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC)
Jose P Laurel Street
8000 Davao del Norte
Phone: +63 (82) 227-2731
[Editor’s comment:] Providing that you dive within your personal limits it is extremely unlikely that you will need any treatment for decompression injuries. Should you not feel well during or after a dive, inform the staff of your dive base. Any seriously managed dive base has staff with emergency training and can organize transportation to the nearest treatment facility.