On 11 June 2010, the new hyperbaric chamber at Palamós Hospital came into operation. The old chamber had been active since it was installed at the hospital in 1994. During these years of uninterrupted operation, more than 900 patients were treated and more than 7,000 treatment and staff training sessions were carried out.
The current chamber was built in Germany by the company Haux-LIFE-SUPPORT and has two compartments, a diameter of 2.5 metres and a total length of 5.8 metres. This allows a maximum treatment capacity of 8 seated persons. However, it can be configured in various ways: 2 patients can be treated on a stretcher, 1 patient on a stretcher and 4 seated or 8 seated. It also has an innovative air supply system and is equipped with the most modern safety mechanisms available. The maximum working pressure is 5 bar.
The Hyperbaric Medicine Unit at Palamós Hospital currently has 6 medical professionals, 21 nursing professionals and 4 chamber operators. There is a permanent on-call team of 3 people (a doctor, nurse and chamber operator) that are able to respond immediately to any emergency 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
This unit also carries out the medical examinations required for sport and professional scuba diving, as well as various teaching activities.