SAN ANTONIO - A new clinic providing oxygen therapy to the injured opened Friday at Brooke Army Medical Center.
The 13,000 square foot facility includes an oxygen chamber, fully equipped with oxygen masks, recliners and a television.
Colonel Michael Richards said the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Clinic will be used to treat active members of the Department of Defense with acute burns, chronic radiation injuries and hearing loss - all using oxygen therapy.
"Under pressure (oxygen) can get into the blood stream," Richards said. "It can have drug-like effects."
It is also one of the few 24-hour hyperbaric clinics, and ready to treat emergency victims.
The facility can support up to 150,000 enrollees, which Richards said is vital to the military community.
"This facility was designed from the ground up," he said. "It was built with hyperbaric medicine and care in mind, so it is really state of the art."
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