Hafa Adai from the Dive Locker at Naval Base Guam. USO volunteers Tiya Clifton and Adam West served fresh donuts from USO Guam Silver Sponsor Winchell’s and piping hot coffee from USO Guam Gold sponsor Infusion Coffee & Tea.
Special thanks to Senior Chief Cory Clifton (Master Diver), US Naval Base Guam and the NBG Dive Locker for all you do for our military and island communities.
According to Defense Media Activity - Guam, U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) is home to the only hyperbaric chamber within the Micronesia Islands that accepts and treats military and civilian patients with dive-related illnesses.
The average time for one treatment in the chamber is approximately four hours and 45 minutes. The dive medical technician, or inside tender that is in constant contact with the patient, monitors and documents their vitals, blood pressure, respiratory and heart rate and ensures that they are comfortable and hydrated working round-the-clock to try and warrant an asymptomatic outcome.
Statistically, this chamber is the most active of all in the U.S. Navy combined. In the past 40 years, there have been 472 documented cases of dive injuries recorded for NBG and averaging three to five treatments a month for the past two years. More than 50 cases were treated in 2017 alone.
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