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Eight highly skilled technicians working at the Sir Lester Bird Medical Center have recently undergone a comprehensive recompression chamber operation team training program.
Sponsored by the Calvin Ayre Foundation, the program was designed to enhance their abilities in managing recompression chambers.
The training involved a combination of theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical applications. The healthcare workers exhibited an unparalleled dedication and expertise which has enabled them to master the intricate skills required for the efficient operation of recompression chambers.
These chambers are essential in treating various diving-related injuries and conditions. The Ministry of Health has reported that three doctors and a nurse from SLBMC, as well as a paramedic and three Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians from the Antigua Barbuda Emergency Medical Services, demonstrated unwavering commitment and ensured that they are equipped with the necessary proficiency to handle critical situations and provide optimal care to patients requiring hyperbaric treatment.
The training lasted for five days, three of which were virtual and two in-person, and was carried out by Divers Alert Network. Funding for the training was provided by the Calvin Ayre Foundation. Thanks to this collaboration, the Sir Lester Bird Medical Center is now better prepared than ever to handle complex medical cases, ensuring that the people of Antigua receive world-class healthcare services.
The Ministry of Health extends heartfelt appreciation to the Calvin Ayre Foundation for their generous donation of a state-of-the-art hyperbaric chamber to the Sir Lester Bird Medical Center in 2018 and also for facilitating training over the years.