HONOLULU - The Hyperbaric Treatment Center (HTC) has reopened, according to the University of Hawaii.

THe HTC provides 24/7 treatment for civilian divers suffering from decompression sickness.  Nine physicians have been recruited to provide service since the facility closed on Oct. 19 due to a physician coverage shortage. The physicians have been trained in hyperbaric techniques.

The facility reopened on Jan. 15.

“Resuming this critical service was a top priority for the University of Hawai?i and the John A. Burns School of Medicine,” said Jerris Hedges, dean of the medical school. “There is still much to be done, but we are very pleased that we can once again provide this high-quality, very specialized care to the people of Hawai?i.”

The center has also resumed non-emergency hyperbaric medical care for certain types of wounds and tissue damage caused by radiation therapy.

A consultant is developing a business plan to guide the financial operation of HTC. Providing year-round, 24/7, emergency hyperbaric oxygen treatment is expensive. Only about 1 in 10 hyperbaric centers on the continental U.S. offers 24/7 emergency service.