The interior view of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber in Nansha Central Hospital. [Photo by Liu Wei/gznsnews.com.cn]
The hyperbaric oxygen medical center in Guangzhou Nansha Central Hospital, which possesses a total of three hyperbaric oxygen chambers, is now the largest of its kind in the district, local media outlets reported on April 7.
The three hyperbaric oxygen chambers have helped save more than 10 patients with severe carbon monoxide poisoning since they went into operation in September 2020.
The oxygen content in the blood can be significantly increased through the inhalation of pure or high-concentration oxygen in an environment which has a higher than normal pressure.
The hyperbaric oxygen chambers in Nansha Central Hospital can provide treatment for 26 patients at one time.
"We increased the capacity of the chambers during the design phase so that the patient beds can be put inside and patients will feel more comfortable in the chambers," said Ouyang Yingjun, director of the hospital's neurology department.
At present, around 10 to 15 percent of the patients who use the chambers are from areas outside Nansha district, such as the downtown Guangzhou, Huadu district, Zengcheng district and even nearby cities including Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Dongguan.