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Hyperbaric & Diving Medicine Centre



The Hyperbaric & Diving Medicine Centre in SGH is the first comprehensive and integrated facility in Singapore serving the civilian community. The centre is led by a team of specialists, and is equipped with world-class facilities to manage the full spectrum of clinical and diving medicine indications.

 

The key services provided by the Hyperbaric & Diving Medicine Centre include:

  • Hyperbaric & Diving Medicine Consultation  
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Problem Wound Management
  • 24-hour service for Diving Emergencies
Conditions that can benefit from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Problem wounds (poor healing wounds)
  • Decompression sickness (diving injuries)
  • Late radiation injury (soft tissue and bony injuries)
  • Compromised skin flaps and grafts
  • Carbon Monoxide poisoning
  • Acute traumatic ischaemic conditions(crush injuries, compartment syndrome)
  • Gas gangrene
  • Necrotising soft tissue infections
  • Thermal burns
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Severe blood loss anaemia
  • Intracranial abscess
  • Air or gas embolism

The three phases of treatment

Compression

Treatment chamber pressure increases and it may become slightly warm. Feelings of fullness in the ears similar to sensation during airplane take off and landing may be experienced.

Maintenance of Pressure

Once the treatment depth is reached, activities like reading or watching a programme in the chamber entertainment system is possible, whilst breathing oxygen in a transparent hood or mask.

Decompression

Pressure is adjusted back to sea level once the treatment is complete and it will be cool. Feelings of fullness may occur again but nothing needs to be done as it is a normal sensation that will resolve naturally.

At what pressure will the treatment commence?

Treatment pressure is usually between 2 - 3 ATA, which is equivalent of 10 to 20 metres underwater. In some diving injuries, a much greater pressure may be required.

Possible side effects

  • Ear pain
  • Sinus pain
  • Tooth pain
  • Temporary worsening of short sightness
  • Progression of cataracts
  • Burst lung
  • Oxygen toxicity
Serious side effects are extremely rare.

Tertiary hospital-based Hyperbaric Facilities

The SGH Hyperbaric and Diving Medicine Centre is one of the largest tertiary hospital-based hyperbaric facilities in Southeast Asia. The centre operates a triple lock multiplace chamber capable of managing patients with a whole range of conditions including the severely ill patient. As part of the tertiary hospital, patients have easy access to all the medical expertise and facilities in the hospital.

Appointments

To make or change appointment:

Location

Location

Block 4 Level 1
Tel: 6321 3427 
Fax: 6220 1302

Call 6222 3322
(24 hours for diving emergencies)

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday: 8.00am to 6.00pm
Sat, Sun & Public Holidays: Closed


Last Modified Date :15 Aug 2017