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.