By Bret Stolp, MD, PhD
The staff at the Hyperbaric Center is to be commended for their hard work and dedication last week as they dealt with the recent ice storm and widespread power outages throughout the state. The core staff of Roberta Brave, Aaron Walker and Dr. Andrew Moffat worked around the clock with Dr. Stolp from Thursday night through Monday with only a few scattered short breaks as they administered a total of 21 patient treatments for carbon monoxide poisoning. They were supported by Eric Hexdall, Jennifer Siewers, Robert Brown and Paula Toney and a large crew of supplemental staff of nurses, hyperbaric technicians and respiratory therapists who worked before and after their regular shifts. Everybody did a fantastic job treating all who needed emergency hyperbaric therapy without missing the regularly scheduled patient runs over the weekend.
Although North Carolina has 21 hyperbaric chambers, the Duke Hyperbaric Center is the only one in the southeast that treats emergencies 24/7. It is the first chamber in the country to be certified (with distinction) by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and the only civilian chamber in the country to be certified by the US Navy. It also provides emergency backup for all military dive and flight operations in the state. The physician staff are leaders in the field and are all board certified in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.
Thanks to everybody for a job well done.