The world’s largest hyperbaric unit was opened on Monday at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Tzrifin. Such a chamber provides high-pressure oxygen to treat victims of the “bends” (diving accidents), burns, carbon monoxide poisoning, wounds that do not heal naturally, radiation damage, bone infections, heart-lung surgery patients, fibromyalgia and impotence.
It was named for Sami Segol, the industrialist and philanthropist from Keter Plastics who donated the funds. The hyperbaric chamber can handle up to 150 patients a day. Only a few years ago, the hospitals hyperbaric chamber could accommodate just 10 patients daily. There are small units in Haifa and Eilat.