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de·com·pres·sion cham·ber

a chamber for exposing organisms to pressures below that of the atmosphere.

decompression chamber

n.
A compartment in which atmospheric pressure can be gradually raised or lowered, used especially in readjusting divers or underwater workers to normal atmospheric pressure or in treating decompression sickness.
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20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Environmental Tectonics Corporation ("ETC" or the "Company") today reported that on November 14, 2007, the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company, in consultation with management, determined that the Company will need to restate (the "Restatement") its previously issued consolidated financial statements for prior periods, including the periods ended November 24, 2006 and February 23, 2007, due to errors in accounting with respect to accounts receivable related to the carrying value of a claims receivable booked in connection with a contract with the Department of the Navy (the "Government") for a submarine decompression chamber project.
There were decompression chambers and first-aid facilities at the Leicestershire site, as well as qualified instructors.
He claimed he could have made a better recovery if he had he been treated in a decompression chamber earlier and sued both Newcastle Health Authority and the Northumbria Chief Constable claiming negligence.
Aradah encompasses two self-contained incorporated diving systems complete with decompression chambers so as to ease under water diving operations.
The team at RAF Boulmer, in Northumberland, has airlifted a number of divers to decompression chambers this summer after they suffered the bends in the North Sea.
The experimental tanks used decompression chambers to reduce air pressure around a baby's lungs, allowing the child to breathe unaided.
Details of the accident are unknown, but two other divers have been placed in decompression chambers to recover after the incident according to Air Security International.
At another research base at Alverstoke, Hampshire, goats are starved of oxygen in decompression chambers - as revealed last month by the Sunday People.
Last night the supply vessel, the Normand Pioneer, which has been loaded with specialist equipment including the LR5 mini-sub and decompression chambers, was heading for the Barents Sea, where the Kursk is stranded on the bottom in about 350 feet of Arctic water.
Seven hundred have been tethered in decompression chambers and exposed to pressures causing the collapse of vital organs.
In recent cases where divers have suffered from the bends, the helicopter has been instrumental in getting the casualties to the decompression chambers at Aberdeen and Hull.
The group was set up to discover the truth about the hospital's use of Continuous Negative Extrathoracic Pressure ventilators, which used decompression chambers to reduce air pressure around a baby's lungs and allow the child to breathe unaided.