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CBP to buy lightweight hyperbaric chamber produced by a UK firm

SOS Hyperlite
Hyperbaric Chamber

CBP’s Special Operations Group in El Paso, TX, plans to buy the military version of an SOS Hyperlite Hyperbaric Chamber, which can be used to administer a full range of hyperbaric therapies, including altitude sickness, carbon monoxide poisoning, smoke inhalation, and air and gas embolisms.

A solicitation was issued by CBP on August 20, calling for an “Exact March Only,” which suggests that the chamber will be manufactured by SOS Hyperlite Ltd, based on the Isle of Man, in the UK. Prospective suppliers were required to submit their bids by August 26.

“The SOS Hyperlite Hyperbaric Chamber is the only ASME Pressure vessel for human occupancy (PVHO)-1 approved non-metallic portable flexible hyperbaric stretcher available today,” explained CBP in its solicitation notice. “This also makes it the lightest and lowest bulk system capable of the full range of hyperbaric therapies…”

The U.S. Navy recently certified this chamber over its closest competitor after a Foreign Comparative Test Study, said CBP. The chamber is currently being used by all branches of the U.S. military.

According to the solicitation, the chamber “must have a comprehensive control box that provides simple controls to increase the pressure, decrease the pressure and control the breathing gases to the patient.

SOS Hyperlite Ltd is the original developer and remains the sole manufacturer of the Hyperlite hyperbaric stretcher, a folding portable pressure vessel for human occupancy (PVHO), suitable for treating and when required, the transportation of that person, whilst still under pressure to a medical facility,” says the company on its own Web site.

“The system provides hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to the patient wearing an 'on demand' breathing mask or hood,” it adds. “A hyperbaric stretcher at the site of an accident, disaster or other emergency, enables a casualty requiring HBOT to be treated immediately, ensuring the likelihood of early and complete resolution.”

Further information about the planned procurement is available from LaVonya Dixon, a contract specialist with CBP, at 202-344-2323 or [email protected].


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