UWS204 - Hyperbaric Chamber Operations
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Hyperbaric Chamber Operations
This subject offers the student theoretical and practical instruction in the safe operation and maintenance of a hyperbaric chamber for surface decompression and for therapeutic treatment. The main components of this subject will meet the requirements of an unrestricted surface supplied diver as required by CSA Standard Z275.4 (Competency Standard) and CSA Standard Z275.5 (Training Standard). Any components listed under enabling objectives which are not covered in this subject will be included in other subjects in the UWS program; for example, the practical operational requirement for surface decompression diving will be accomplished during the Deep Diving Practical subject (UWS 416) in Wiarton on the dive barge Seneca Diver 11. Practical chamber operations are also included in Applied Diving (UWS 212). A solid understanding of the laws of physics and the physiological effects of pressure on the body is needed to effectively initiate and complete treatment using a hyperbaric chamber.
One credit in the Underwater Skills Program.
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:
Operate a double lock recompression chamber in the capacity of outside tender#1, outside tender#2 and inside tender.
- Explain the fabrication and construction of a basic commercial double lock chamber system.
- Explain the purpose and operation of services to the chamber including the function of all components.
- Explain the need for oxygen cleanliness and the safety precautions to be observed.
- Explain the main provisions of the statutory regulations concerning pressure vessels.
- Explain the documentation requirements for all chamber operations.
- Perform pre and post-dive checks properly and without assistance.
- Be involved in diagnosis and sham treatment procedures.
- Calculate the correct decompression schedules for single-repetitive dives using appropriate decompression tables.
- Explain the principles and procedures for surface decompression.
- Perform a surface decompression drill transferring from the water to a double-lock recompression chamber.
- Pressurize and exhaust a double lock recompression chamber.
- Complete a simple dexterity, comprehension test, or the rapid neurological examination at a depth of 165 feet.
- Perform functional tests of all appropriate systems including communications equipment.
- Ensure appropriate fire precautions are taken and fire prevention equipment is available.
- Ensure appropriate first aid and personal supplies are available.
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