June 1, 2012
Fink Engineering completed the installation and commissioning of the Hennepin County Hospital’s new Triple Lock Hyperbaric Facility in May of this year and Dr Cheryl Adkinson and her team will commence patient treatments later this week after having spent the last few weeks training with the new system. Hyperbaric operations will then move from their existing chamber site which has been in operation since the mid 60’s to their new facility that has been completed on time and within budget under the direction of Mr. Tom Bravo, Director of Facilities Services.
Fink commenced on-site installation of the Life Support Systems for the chamber in January this year after the hospital renovation works were completed for the hyperbaric area. The Fire Deluge tanks, LP compressors and gas storage were installed above the chamber in the third floor mechanical room specially designed for the purpose.
The control console was built at Fink’s works in Australia and re-assembled on site and interconnected to the chamber via pre-run cabling.
FE’s new and improved operating software maintains the very user-friendly operator interface required for combining intensive care patients use with routine wound care patients in two different locks whilst still leaving an Entrance Lock free for access.
Of particular interest for this chamber is the unique headwall installation; a concept promoted by Bill Gossett that facilitates the same Med Gas and Medical Monitoring configuration found in the balance of the hospital. Compartments 1 & 3 have dual Headwall Installations whilst Compartment 2 has a single to allow enough room for the customised toilet surround.
Provision has been made to enable Treatment Locks 2 and 3 to have a future hypobaric capability thus enabling research in simulated altitude conditions. Each lock is fitted with FE’s unique whisper quiet pressurisation/depressurisation and environmental control system that keeps the internal noise level in the low 50’s dBA level. Each lock is also boasts FE’s unique square medical lock and full size rectangular doors which roll on stainless steel frictionless bearings.
This unique chamber has also been designed and partially outfitted for the future installation of the equipment necessary to turn Treatment Locks 2 and 3 into altitude locks
June 1, 2012
Construction is well underway for Fink Engineering’s new Rectangular Triple Lock Hyperbaric Chamber to be delivered to the new Fiona Stanley Hospital in Western Australia later this year. The new chamber will form part of FE’s hyperbaric installation, which consists of a low pressure air system. medical gas distribution, life support services including fire deluge, environmental control, gas analysis, communications, internal surveillance, entertainment and our computer controlled operating system.
Completion of the facility will continue early next year with the hospital scheduled to open thereafter.
June 1, 2012
The NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner officially opened the world’s largest rectangular hyperbaric facility designed and built by Fink Engineering in February of this year after having been operational for the previous ten months. The new facility replaced the existing cylindrical chamber that had been operational for the past 40+ years.
The new innovative chamber has four compartments and is capable of seating 30 patients. One of the large compartments is used for the routine treatment of intensive care patients and the other large compartment for routine wound care. The smaller entrance compartment provides access to each of the above and the smallest end compartment is used for treatment of decompression illness and for training.
FE commissioned the supporting plant and equipment to power the chamber including the compressors, filters, piping, deluge and sanitary systems last year. The chamber operates from a central control panel which utilises Fink’s innovative intuitive software to pressurise and depressurise each of the compartments via touch screen and Fink’s proven user-friendly software. Wireless communications, audio/visual entertainment, quiet and effective environmental control, modern toilet facilities and other user friendly support systems developed by FE over the past decade were incorporated to make it efficient and comfortable for both patients, nurses, physicians and operators.
June 1, 2012
The Alfred Hospital Hyperbaric Facility reaches its first operational anniversary following its upgrade last year by Fink Engineering. The unit has been used to extensively to treat a variety of ICU and routine wound care patients and with its new LED lighting, internal HMI, environmental control system and operating software it has been appreciatively embraced by the Alfred’s hyperbaric staff.
June 1, 2012
To meet the existing Australian Hyperbaric Standard, Fink Engineering has just installed and commissioned their new Fire Deluge System into a Sechrist 3600E monoplace chamber which was ordered earlier this year for installation at the Hyperbaric Unit at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. The fire deluge addition is the first of its type to be built and has integrated well with the 3600E. The monoplace will install next to FE’s Rectangular Triple Lock chamber that was re-commissioned for operation in 2009.