La Jolla, California -- OxyHeal® Medical Systems, Inc. announced it has been awarded a contract for the design, manufacture, and installation of a rectangular multiplace hyperbaric chamber system at the Centre Hospitalier Affilié Universitaire (CHAU) de l'Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis in the city of Lévis, Canada. The CHAU Hôtel Dieu de Lévis is an academic hospital affiliated with Laval University.

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Under this contract, clinical and biomedical training of the hospital staff will be accomplished through OxyHeal International®.  All technical and manufacturing work on this contract will be performed by OxyHeal® Medical Systems, Inc. (OMS), a member company of OxyHeal International®.

The purchase of the OxyHeal International® 5000 Series rectangular multiplace hyperbaric chamber is part of a multimillion dollar project financed by the Government of Québec. It will be part of a new hyperbaric department being built especially for that purpose. With the introduction of this state-of-the-art system to the CHAU Hôtel Dieu de Lévis, this hospital will be able to fill their mandate to administer an advanced hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) capability to serve a population of about 2 million people, which represents the population distributed over a territory of about half the province of Québec.

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When this project is completed, the CHAU Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis will house the largest hyperbaric medicine department in Canada. The chamber will be located immediately above the newly completed Emergency Department, providing residents of the province of Québec with unparalleled emergency access to hyperbaric medical treatment capabilities.


Measuring forty-five feet (13.7 meters) in length, the state-of-the-art OxyHeal International® 5000 rectangular multiplace hyperbaric chamber system will be the largest such system in the country and the first rectangular triple-compartment, hyperbaric chamber system to be placed into service in Canada. One compartment will be capable of providing emergency HBOT treatments to patients, while routine treatment activities for up to twelve (12) patients can continue independently in the main compartment. This will clearly place the CHAU Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis in a prominent worldwide leadership position in the field of hyperbaric medicine.


"I am very pleased to receive the news that OxyHeal® Medical Systems has been selected to provide our OxyHeal International® 5000 Series rectangular multiplace hyperbaric chamber system to the CHAU Hôtel Dieu de Lévis," said W. T. 'Ted' Gurneé, the President & CEO of the OxyHeal International®. "After a very rigorous selection process and competing against other recognized international leaders in hyperbaric chamber system design and manufacture, OxyHeal® Medical Systems, Inc. has emerged as the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of choice for this prominent project in the city of Lévis, Canada."


Manufactured with three (3) pressure locks (compartments), designed with a capability for treating up to eighteen (18) patients at different depths (pressures), and controlled from a state-of-the-art touch screen system, the OxyHeal International® 5000 is a spacious, versatile, multi-use medical device that can be used for the treating various emergent conditions and other indications for which hyperbaric medicine is the standard of care. In addition to maintaining the capability for treating these conditions, the CHAU Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis intends to use the OxyHeal International® 5000 to perform elective patient treatments, for the treatment of diving emergencies (e.g. SCUBA divers), and to perform hyperbaric research.


About OxyHeal International®
OxyHeal International® is an integrated services firm engaged in the contract management of international Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine programs. OxyHeal® Medical Systems, Inc. (OMS) is a vertically integrated designer and manufacturer of hyperbaric chamber systems to ASME / PVHO-1 standards as well as to the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). OMS is also a certified manufacturing company by the National Board, is registered with the U.S. FDA, and holds a Class III Medical Device license from Health Canada as a medical device manufacturer. OMS maintains an ISO 13485:2003 Quality System certified by DQS GmbH.


OxyHeal International® maintains a comprehensive history of unique qualifications and experience in the design and manufacture of large multiplace hyperbaric chamber systems. Its rich history encompasses 38 years of experience that also includes clinical operations and research utilizing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT); providing unique hyperbaric professional training for health care, maintenance professionals, and the military; and whole of life costs support for each of the systems it has delivered.


About the CHAU Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis
The CHAU Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis undertakes missions in health care, education, research and evaluation of health care technologies. The hospital is part of the academic hospitals affiliated with the faculty of medicine of Université Laval. The hospital has over 350 beds and acts as a referral hospital, providing complete general and specialized health care, in hospitalization as well as in ambulatory modes, to users from the Chaudière Appalaches region. One such specialty is hyperbaric medicine: the CHAU Hôtel Dieu de Lévis has taken the lead in Canada in this discipline. The hyperbaric department acts as a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week referral center for the eastern part of the province of Québec. The Centre de Médecine de Plongée du Québec (CMPQ) also provides full time coverage for diving emergencies in the province of Québec.


W.T. Gurneé, President & CEO 

OxyHeal International®
Tel: 888-OXY-HEAL (699-4325)
Fax: 619-336-2017
Web: www.oxyheal.com

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