Cronomer Valley and Monroe EMS Units Get Introduction
to Hyperbaric Treatment Modalities
Dawn Salka, who is a hyperbaric technologist certified by the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Technology, and her Blooming Grove EMS partner, Chris Sommers, went with a group of Cronomer Valley and Monroe firefighters to Orange Regional Medical Center to give the firemen an orientation to hyperbaric technology. The tour was requested by John Centofini from the Monroe Fire Department. With hyperbaric treatment modalities gaining in popularity for all kinds of trauma conditions, Dawn says there are now chambers at Cornwall St. Luke’s, St. Anthony’s Hospital in Warwick, Good Samaritan, Kingston, NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital. and Westchester Medical Center in addition to ORMC.
Hyperbaric chamber treatment dates back to the 1600’s. It was first used as a decompression treatment for divers. More recently it has been used to enhance wound and especially burn healing, to treat vascular problems, stimulate brain and nerve cells after traumatic injury, and lately it has even become popular among the Hollywood crowd for anti-aging.
Opportunities exist for certification as a Diver Medic (DMT), as a Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT), as a Hyperbaric Nurse (CHRN). For more information see nbdhmt.org.