A new 18,000-pound treatment chamber rolled up outside of the College Station Medical Center early Monday.
The hyperbaric chamber which simulates diving can hold about four people inside and can change the pressure within the chamber nearly six atmospheres. It was first developed as a treatment for diving disorders. However, locally the air treatment will most likely be used for wounds that are not healing.
"While they breathe 100 percent oxygen, the pressure will actually push that oxygen into their blood stream and allow for the super-saturated blood to heal their wound much quicker," Director of Therapy Services with the College Station Medical Center John Ford said.
The new air treatment is expected to be up and running by September 4.