<![CDATA[Amron International Blog]]> http://www.amronintl.com/blog/ Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:38:36 +0000 http://cdn.amronintl.com/skin/frontend/base/default/images/rsslogo.jpg <![CDATA[Amron International Blog]]> http://www.amronintl.com/blog/ Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[NHL’s Alex Steen using Hyperbaric Therapy to Recover from Concussion]]> http://www.amronintl.com/blog/alex-steen-hbot/ St. Louis Blues’ hockey player Alex Steen has missed 26 consecutive games because of a concussion he received in late December. According to this article we found on Yahoo! Sports, he’ll be starting Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in California in hopes that it will speed up his recovery.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is used in conventional treatment for anything ranging from decompression sickness to sports injuries to severe carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s even helped treat cancer! 

Another well known athlete using HBOT for sports training is Michael Phelps! Click here to read the article on Yahoo.


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 21:45:17 +0000
<![CDATA[The Father or Hyperbaric Medicine - Eric P. Kindwall, MD]]> http://www.amronintl.com/blog/father-of-hyperbarics/ Dr. Eric Kindwall was known to many as the “Father of Hyperbaric Medicine”. Not only did he publish the very first textbook in hyperbaric medicine, but he was the founding chairman of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) Committee on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). He also created the first hyperbaric medicine course to train doctors and nurses in Milwaukee at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Our prayers go out to Dr. Kindwall and his family.

In honor of Dr. Kindwall’s request, there will be no funeral or memorial service held. Instead his ashes will be spread in his homeland of Sweden.

Eric P. Kindwall

Here is a link to the article from American College of Hyperbaric Medicine:

Fri, 20 Jan 2012 22:43:49 +0000
<![CDATA[A New Generation of Hyperbarics]]> http://www.amronintl.com/blog/hyperbaric-tbi/ First Lady Michelle Obama announced a new program to introduce Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT) as a means to cure Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A few years ago, doctors started studying soldiers coming home from the Middle East. They have proven that oxygen treatment greatly improved functionality and quality of life for these veterans. As part of Michelle Obama's Joining Forces Initiative, The First Lady has stated that she is committed to creating a new generation of doctors, medical schools and research labs in order to provide top quality treatment for the injured veterans coming home from war.

If Traumatic Brain Injury gets published as one of the conditions treatable by hyperbarics it could open all new doors for the world of hyperbarics.

 Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment

Below is a link to the story from Eyewitness News:


Mon, 16 Jan 2012 19:23:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Friends of Amron: John Kessell]]> http://www.amronintl.com/blog/JohnKessell/
This week’s Friends of Amron blog features John Kessell, Chamber Technician for St. Lucia Hyperbaric Society. John is a great guy with tons of interesting stories about diving, the hyperbaric industry, travel and life in general. Wait ‘til you read about his Barbados experience. Here is a snippet of our conversation.



Give us a brief history of your career?
I grew up in Sydney, Australia and was a founding member of a local sailing club, built my own racing dinghy…did no good…it was too heavy.

How did you originally get into the Diving and Hyperbaric industry?
Originally, I came to Trinidad in the West Indies and farmed. Then I moved to St.Lucia. My love of sailing returned and I lived on two separate big yachts and sailed around the lower Caribbean for some years when time allowed from different professions. I naturally drifted into SCUBA after doing many underwater hull cleanings with mask and snorkel! I was also a marine surveyor and had to check boats underwater.

What was the most unusual diving location for you and why?
My most interesting dive was in Cozumel, Mexico. The current was very strong and you had to drop immediately to around 75feet and wait for your buddies. Then you took off like a jet, skimming above the reef at perhaps 5 knots. Sensational diving! I even saw the famous Cozumel frog fish.

Tell us about an experience when you were really scared?
That would be a dive in Barbados. The sea was really too big to dive in. There wasn’t much to see on the ocean floor, and the BC I was given turned out to be too big. When I surfaced I floated with the “waterline” in the center of my face mask. I had run out of air! The crew was talking to each other and I couldn’t attract their attention! I didn’t want to drop my weight belt as it wasn’t mine! Long story short, eventually they pulled me in but it was a terrible experience!!

In your opinion what is a must have tool when you do your job?



What is a typical day like for you as a Chamber Technician?
The chamber is a twin lock, six place chamber capable of diving to 5 bar. I make certain the main air compressor is in perfect condition, check the oxygen supplies, connect new bottles to system, check all chamber systems such as filters, communications, lights, internal air conditioning, and make sure all four pressure gauges are matching. I also prepare paper work, lubricate door seals etc ... you name it, I do it!

What is one of the highlights in your career so far?
Recently saving a friend (who is diabetic) from having his foot amputated is a highlight for me. We conducted a series of HBOT treatments. Thankfully, through these treatments, we were able to prevent the amputation.

Do you plan on retiring anytime in the near future?
As I am now 81 how do I know how much longer I will be around! But I will still run the chamber to the end. At least I hope so!

Fri, 14 Oct 2011 22:54:41 +0000