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#504152 - 05/11/15 11:31 AM Hyperbaric Chamber Project Inauguration  
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Dive Shop Owners:

We are very pleased to inform you that after very hard work and dedication we have made a long time Dream become a reality.

We are proud to introduce our New Hyperbaric Chamber Facility Located here in San Pedro Town at the Ambergris Hopes Clinic.

We will be working with a team of very Dedicated Professional Individuals at our new facility we have Dr. Daniel Gonzales who will be directing the Facility as the Hyperbaric Physician with his knowledge, Education and Experience followed by his staff of Certified Hyperbaric Chamber Operators and Hyperbaric Chamber Tenders.

We come to you to offer you the best services and benefits and our dedication to Hyperbaric Recompression Chamber Treatment we ask you to support our Hyperbaric Chamber Facility.

One of our biggest benefit that we will be offering is to join our Program free of cost, you will no longer need to charge your guests any monies to be part of the program or pay directly from your Pocket a monthly fee.

We cordially invite you to be witness of this great event as it involves a very good evolution in Hyperbaric Recompression Treatment for Diving Accidents in general and for the whole country of Belize.

Our Inauguration date is set for Friday May 15, 2015 4:00 pm at the Ambergris Hopes Clinic.

#504154 - 05/11/15 01:56 PM Re: Hyperbaric Chamber Project Inauguration [Re: Marty]  
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I am not sure what their Hotline emergency number will be yet but for now I have
Dr. Daniel Gonzalez: 629-3618
Abner Bacab: 652-2998

I hear that Abner is the new area rep. for Divers Alert Network DAN .

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#504155 - 05/11/15 04:16 PM Re: Hyperbaric Chamber Project Inauguration [Re: elbert]  
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Originally Posted by elbert
I am not sure what their Hotline emergency number will be yet but for now I have
Dr. Daniel Gonzalez: 629-3618
Abner Bacab: 652-2998

I hear that Abner is the new area rep. for Divers Alert Network DAN .

So there are 2 now?... Or did I miss something. ?


#504159 - 05/11/15 08:15 PM Re: Hyperbaric Chamber Project Inauguration [Re: Decompression]  
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You missed some decompression :-)
A huge new building to house a new chamber. Yes two!
Competition is almost magic when it comes to improving service :-)

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#504228 - 05/14/15 06:22 AM Re: Hyperbaric Chamber Project Inauguration [Re: Marty]  
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#504229 - 05/14/15 06:34 AM Re: Hyperbaric Chamber Project Inauguration [Re: Marty]  
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Where will it be located?

#504231 - 05/14/15 06:47 AM Re: Hyperbaric Chamber Project Inauguration [Re: Marty]  
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Already is located, just across from Paradise Villas.

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#504233 - 05/14/15 07:23 AM Re: Hyperbaric Chamber Project Inauguration [Re: Marty]  
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This is great...

#504466 - 05/22/15 11:15 AM Re: Hyperbaric Chamber Project Inauguration [Re: Marty]  
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Second Hyperbaric Chamber Installed in San Pedro as Private Clinic Expands Services

Ambergris Hopes Clinic, in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, this week boasts the services of hyperbaric medicine treatment as it inaugurated a new building in its compound that houses the island’s second Hyperbaric Chamber. Official inauguration was held on Friday, May 15, 2015.

In its first phase of expanding services and facilities, Ambergris Hopes Clinic sees the addition of hyperbaric medicine which will not only provide more sense of safety in the tourism sector but also provide additional treatment to various other conditions that can benefit from hyperbaric medicine.

Dr. Daniel Gonzalez, who owns Ambergris Hopes Clinic, is working on providing a 24-hour medical facility, the first private clinic on the island to do so. Once complete the clinic will also be providing additional medical services from maternity to dentistry and also offer X-Ray and ultrasound. The expansion will allow for more doctor offices, recovery rooms and an operating room as well.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the Ambergris Today

Belize’s Hyperbaric Chamber: Providing International standards of treatment on Ambergris Caye

Belize tourism industry continues to flourish, with most visitors engaged in recreational diving and snorkeling activities in our tropical waters. In San Pedro Ambergris Caye, the Sub-aquatics of Belize Limited has been offering hyperbaric medical treatment to the country’s visiting and diving community for over 25 years. At an appreciation Christmas dinner held at Elvis Kitchen restaurant on Monday, December 14th, the San Pedro Hyperbaric Chamber’s CEO Mauricio Moreno spoke to The San Pedro Sun about the origins and services of the ‘Recompression Chamber Network’ on the island, as well as praised the works of his invaluable staff.

The chamber is a member of the 12 Sub-Aquatic Safety Service (SSS) Network which has similar facilities in every continent. Some of these places include Mexico, Africa, Ecuador, USA, Bahamas and even Thailand. This attests to the facility’s high standards and experience in hyperbaric medicine. The idea of having a Hyperbaric Chamber Clinic on the island came after Belize became a potential diving destination.

According to Moreno, Belize gave him the opportunity to love the Caribbean underworld and the vision to start a Hyperbaric Chamber in the country. “I became certified as a diver in 1979 in Belize, and ten years later with the support of Allan Foreman, Dr. Brown, and Pete Salazar, we established the first Hyperbaric Chamber in Central America. We were lucky enough to find a superb doctor who assisted us, the late Dr. Otto Rodriguez, and today I am fortunate to say that our first employee Antonia Guerrero continues to work with us doing a great job having successfully treated over seven hundred patients at the Hyperbaric Chamber,” said Moreno. He reiterated the efficiency of Guerrero as a veteran in the hyperbaric practice, while introducing another member of their team, Andy Albeńo who also has vast experience in the practice.

One of the most common dive related illnesses requiring hyperbaric medical treatment is decompression. Decompression related illnesses can occur when divers emerge from deep water too quickly without making periodic safety stops. Such action can cause a reaction that will form air bubbles that enter the blood stream and eventually find their way to the spinal cord. The second form of decompression illness is when oxygen bubbles accumulate when a diver remains underwater for a prolonged time, or may go to extreme depths over a period of time.

Moreno further explain that in the country there are between 4-5 qualified doctors in Hyperbaric medicine and one of them who works with the chamber, Dr. Dimas Sanzores from Caye Caulker, is the only one who is an advanced diver. “He is specialized in Hyperbaric Medical training plus he is a diver, the right person who can quickly diagnose someone suffering from a dive related disease. So any dive shop out there can really rely on our services because we have well trained personnel,” said Moreno.

In fact, Moreno guarantees that his staff at the SSS Network could respond to any situation anywhere in the world, and perform well. “We trained everyone in my company at the international level. It has been 25 years practicing and providing the best Hyperbaric medical treatments there are. There are three very important components: prevention, detection, and management, which are essential for dive guides and instructors to know. We provide that training for them free of cost, so they know what to do when an incident happens out at sea,” Moreno stated. The training is part of the Diver Safety Operation Program, which teaches divers how to operate the hyperbaric machine, becoming an assistant paramedic inside the chamber and CPR training and updates. Anyone interested in learning more can feel free to contact the Hyperbaric Chamber Clinic.

At the dinner’s closing discussion, Moreno reiterated that the SSS Network has an open door policy in which no patient can be refused treatment. He ended by suggesting that since diving certifications are for life; dive shops should always ask their customers when their last diving activity was. By doing this, the instructor will know if the person needs a refresher test or not.

The San Pedro Hyperbaric Chamber is located right across the San Pedro Airstrip opposite Maya Island Air. You can contact them at telephone number (501) 226-2852, 226-3195 or email them at

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