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Friday, March 01, 2013

Bonaire’s Recompresson Chamber Honors Staff, Launches New Web Site

Recently, the Foundation Recompression Chamber Bonaire held an award ceremony to honor many of the staff who have assisted with the operation of Bonaire’s recompression chamber over the years.  Seven staff, including supervisors, technicians, operators, and nurses, received certificates of merit for the exemplary service they have each provided over the years.

The ceremony began with foundation’s chairman, Mr. Ruud Vermeulen, providing an overview of the 27 seven years of hyperbaric therapy to Bonaire visiting divers who were and are in need of recompression, as well as to those living locally who require hyperbaric oxygen therapy.  He stated, “The team of doctors, as well as support staff, should be proud of the specialized work they do for the medical society in the southern Caribbean.  The chamber on Bonaire is a state-of-the-art facility for treatment of diving accidents, as well as diabetic wound treatments, for the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao).”

At this time, anyone requiring recompression therapy from either Aruba or Curacao is transported to Bonaire for treatment.  In 2012, Bonaire chamber treated a total of 45 patients for a total of 274 treatments.  37 of these patients were divers from all three islands who required treatment after a diving accident, while eight others received hyperbaric oxygen therapy for insufficiently healing wounds.

After Mr. Vermeulen’s introduction, Dr. Richard van de Vaart provided an in-depth presentation into the history of hyperbaric therapy on Bonaire, when back in 1986, he was successful in securing a used chamber from the Royal Dutch Navy.  The local island government provided a building, and treatments were provided in somewhat cramped quarters for over 20 years. 

In 2006, the foundation was able to purchase a new and modern recompression chamber, and a state-of-the-art facility was constructed specifically to improve the level of therapy that Bonaire could provide.  Today, those requiring treatment can receive their therapy in a spacious chamber with enough room for attending nurses, doctors, and other care-taking staff.

Those being honored were supervisors Malin Kayser, Pamela Teitel, and Linda Baker for over twenty years of continuous service.  Diana Nicolaas, Harold Kurban, and Ronald Simonis received awards for being available whenever called upon--24/7.  Nurse Maureen Mercera received special commendation for assisting “in chamber” in the case of a very serious diving accident, which required recompression to greater than normal depths.  Throughout the treatment, and even with the potential for nitrogen narcosis at the necessary depths, Nurse Mercera kept a level head and attended her patient diligently throughout out the treatment.

An image gallery of the event is available on the newly launched web site for the chamber by clicking here.  The web site is available in both English and Dutch, with the languages of Spanish and Papiamentu to be added in the future.  The site will be augmented in the coming months, but provides information as to the symptoms of a diving accident which might require treatment, the procedure for evaluation, the location of the chamber, and donation information for those who might like to assist.  The web site is available at http://www.bonairehyperbaric.com.

The Foundation Recompression Chamber Bonaire is an independent foundation formed to assist in hyperbaric treatments of any type.  The foundation is managed by Mr. Ruud Vermeulen (chairman), Mr. Robert Smaal (secretary), Mrs. Rosalie Bierings (treasurer), and Mr. Ike Faber.  (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter, Amigoe)

Posted by Susan Davis on March 01, 2013 at 12:45pm AST
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