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UH hyperbaric center is reaccredited through 2012


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POSTED: Thursday, August 20, 2009

The University of Hawaii medical school's Hyperbaric Treatment Center has been reaccredited through April 2012 by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, the university has announced.

The hyperbaric chamber at Kuakini Medical Center offers treatment of decompression sickness among divers. The medical school has provided the only hyperbaric emergency treatment program in the state since 1983.

Hawaii has the third-highest number of certified divers in the United States, behind Florida and California. On average, about 50 divers per year are treated at the center.

It is the only facility of its kind in Hawaii accredited by the society, which measures patient care and safety procedures.

The center also provides hyperbaric oxygen treatment for other medical conditions and conducts research into decompression sickness and its treatments.