Purpose. Recompression chambers are used for the treatment of decompression
sickness, for surface decompression, and for administering pressure tests to
prospective divers. Recompression chambers equipped for hyperbaric administration
of oxygen are also used in medical facilities for hyperbaric treatment of
carbon monoxide poisoning, gangrenous tissue, and other diseases. Decompression
surface-supplied diving operations to depths greater than 130 fsw require that
a chamber be available at the dive site.
Scope. This chapter will familiarize personnel with the maintenance and operational
requirements for recompression chambers.