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decompression chamber

[dē·kəm′presh·ən ‚chām·bər]
(engineering)
A steel chamber fitted with auxiliary equipment to raise its air pressure to a value two to six times atmospheric pressure; used to relieve a diver who has decompressed too quickly in ascending.
Such a chamber in which conditions of high atmospheric pressure can be simulated for experimental purposes.

decompression chamber

A chamber used to induce a decrease in ambient pressure as would occur in ascending to altitude. This type of chamber is primarily used for training and experimental purposes. Also called altitude chamber, environmental chamber, and hypobaric chamber.
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There were decompression chambers and first-aid facilities at the Leicestershire site, as well as qualified instructors.
He claimed he could have made a better recovery if he had he been treated in a decompression chamber earlier and sued both Newcastle Health Authority and the Northumbria Chief Constable claiming negligence.
5 tonne submersible was then lifted onto the deck of a rescue vessel, where its passengers were transferred into decompression chambers without being exposed to the outside air pressure.
The team at RAF Boulmer, in Northumberland, has airlifted a number of divers to decompression chambers this summer after they suffered the bends in the North Sea.
Last night the supply vessel, the Normand Pioneer, which has been loaded with specialist equipment including the LR5 mini-sub and decompression chambers, was heading for the Barents Sea, where the Kursk is stranded on the bottom in about 350 feet of Arctic water.
Details of the accident are unknown, but two other divers have been placed in decompression chambers to recover after the incident according to Air Security International.
At another research base at Alverstoke, Hampshire, goats are starved of oxygen in decompression chambers - as revealed last month by the Sunday People.
Aradah encompasses two self-contained incorporated diving systems complete with decompression chambers so as to ease under water diving operations.
Seven hundred have been tethered in decompression chambers and exposed to pressures causing the collapse of vital organs.
In recent cases where divers have suffered from the bends, the helicopter has been instrumental in getting the casualties to the decompression chambers at Aberdeen and Hull.