Inadequate pressure allows possible exposure to Bacterial Infection
Scientific studies show that oxygen becomes bacteriostatic (stops bacteria from reproducing) at 1.5ATA (16fsw). As Inflatable chambers cannot achieve internal pressures over 1.3 ATA, it cannot kill bacteria but will enhance the growth of certain molds, fungus and aerobic bacteria.
Look for Trained, Certified Hyperbaric Medical Technicians
Reputable Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy facilities have Nationally Certified Hyperbaric Technicians, who have been educated, tested and who have done an extensive supervised internship in the clinical setting of an accepted medical grade hyperbaric program to be certified by a third-party organization. Each technician must also be an EMT, an RN, a physician or a military medic. No such certification or standards apply to soft chambers or those that operate them.
Are the Technicians Trained for an Emergency if you or your loved one has a medical emergency in the device?
Inflatable Bag chambers are not certified as PVHO-1 (Pressure Vessels for Human Occupancy) devices by the ASME. This means they do not have the qualifications necessary to meet National quality and safety. American Society of Mechanical Engineers Safety Standard for Pressure Vessels for Human Occupancy, 2002. www.asme.or
Does the Facility Follow Fire Codes?
Many inflatable chamber facilities do not follow Fire Codes, likely because the guidelines endorse and specifically relate to ‘Hard’ shelled, medical-grade hyperbaric chambers. Since 1968, these guidelines have helped keep Hyperbaric Treatments safe and effective. All medical grade Hyperbaric chambers must be properly grounded and retrofitted for earthquake safety, soft chambers are not. It is also illegal to have carpet in a hyperbaric facility treatment area.