Sunday, October 4, 2009
Embattled MN Chamber Faces Ax
Land of 10,000 Lakes and just one trauma-grade hyperbaric chamber? Things were looking bad enough for Hennepin County Medical Center's 45-year-old chamber, kept in service with great care by the only emergency HBOT facility in Minnesota. Well, forget a replacement anytime soon. Now, after the defeat of state healthcare legislation, the program's very survival hangs in the balance. This is a vital public health issue, and O2.0 urges national leadership from the hyperbaric medical community. Shouldn't every Level 1 trauma center in America have a reliable chamber? Surely we can count on firefighters, EMTs, hospitals, and ERs to join the cause.