The HyPod Veterinary Compression Project
The Provision of ‘Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy’ [‘HBOT]’
for animals, from the very small to the very large
Based on the HyPod Multi-Purpose Generic Decompression Chambers
The HyPod multi-purpose ‘Compression Chambers’ can be manufactured in a variety of shapes, from cylindrical to a sphere and in any sizes, from 25 centimeters to 100 meters.
Although practiced for over 100 years and thought to be somewhat pseudoscience, for the past decade plus, established medical science now recognizes as authentic, the true therapeutic value of HBOT. In that various standard and advanced medical treatments and surgical procedures are many times more effective if administered in a pressurized oxygen rich environment. The patient only requires to be treated under relatively minor pressures, of say not more than three times atmospheric (circa 3 bar, when normal pressures are 1 bar).
The significant therapeutic values of being treated in such environments are undoubted and this applies just as much to animals as it does for people. So the HyPod Veterinary Project aims to concentrate solely on animal patients, particularly horses and dogs.
The HyPod veterinary system has been designed to provide multiple types and sizes of ‘compression habitats’, suitable for all veterinary needs, from large animal hospitals to local veterinary clinics. HyPod research to date as shown that manufacturing a cylindrical shape similar to sausages the simplest and most practical.
Portable Hyperbaric Hospital for Large Animals Such as Racehorses
We intend the first deployable chambers will have dimensions that accommodate a horse, a groom and a vet, and will functioning at 1.8 bar, with a rich oxygen content. Its weight will be between 22,000 and 25,000 Kg. Such a structure will only be the pressure hull treated with internal and external coatings. However, we will have to first construct a manufacturing unit.
The maximum size limitation of a cylindrical structure is currently 10 meters by 100 meters due to handling problems and woven material production techniques. But it would be straightforward to make several such structures that could be joined end to end, possibly like a spoked wheel. These structures would be woven from a composite material to our design.
A single Animal chamber, could be used for upto 14 sitting hyperbaric patients
The HyPod flexible composites are designed to meet decompression requirements and withstand very rough and abrasive treatment in the harshest of environments and working practices.
NOTE: Under very high pressures (of say higher than 5 bar), breathing air with normal oxygen content should never be carried out over any length of time, because the therapeutic and life sustaining nature of oxygen can go into reverse (known as ‘Oxygen Toxicity). At prolonged high pressures, air containing the normal oxygen content of 30% can be dangerous and detrimental to any person having to experience these conditions for any length of time. However there is well known technology to alleviate this potential problem for any situation where a living entity has to endure such conditions. An example would be sub-aqua divers working at depths where they encounter significantly high pressures. They can do so relatively safely by breathing special ‘gas mixes’ with low oxygen content.