There are at least 1 million divers around us and most people that are divers are just that. But what about when in the unlikely event something happens to you or your buddy?
We at Blue Label diving are very much supportive of and interested in everything that has to do with Dive Medics and its education for recreational divers and dive professionals / instructors.
Divemedics was founded when dive professionals posed the need for dive medical information. The gap between the actual diver and the treating medical facility was huge. This gap makes for a big unknown, fear, misconceptions and most importantly; denial and mistreatment.This is where Divemedics tries to make a difference; close the gap between the dive operator or instructor and the EMS or Hyperbaric chamber. Divemedics provide training to divers and instructors on all levels to promote safe and conscious diving. When things go wrong during diving, there is immediate care provided by trained dive professionals, making the cooperation with emergency services and hospitals faster; more efficient and moreover; establish a link between provider and caretaker.
Divemedics works on several levels; first aid and oxygen provision courses to divers and instructors, dive medical seminars to educate the professional divers with regards to their and their customers health, decompression chamber courses for dive professionals and professional health care personnel. The overall process is governed with a quality control management system for Dive centers and Hyperbaric facilities, run in close cooperation with DAN International.
Our Blue Label Diving team can train you from EFR course up to becoming a Hyberbaric Chamber Operator Tender Instructor or a (Recreational) Diver medical Technician any where in the world.
What is a Recompression/Decompression Chamber?
A recompression chamber is a pressure vessel used to treat divers suffering from certain diving disorders such as decompression sickness.
Often the terms recompression chamber, decompression chamber, hyperbaric chamber, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber are used interchangeably. The names reflect the different purposes that the chambers are designed for, rather than their capability. Each is capable, within limits, of operating in the others’ role:
* A decompression chamber is used in surface supplied diving to allow the divers to complete their decompression stops at the end of a dive on the surface rather than underwater.
* A hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber is used in a hospital or sporting context to treat patients whose condition might benefit from hyperbaric oxygen treatment, including divers. Hyperbaric chambers capable of admitting more than one patient (multiplace) and an inside attendant have advantages for the treatment of decompression sickness and are preferred by the U.S. Coast Guard. Divers with serious complications or injuries may be attended to in this manner during recompression. In addition, multiplace chambers are generally capable of greater depth of recompression, should the need arise. For less seriously ill divers, the more common monoplace chamber is often used, especially if it is the only one available. A modified treatment regimen is then used.
* Treatment is ordered by the treating physician (medical diving officer), and is usually in accordance with the U.S. Navy Diving Manual (U.S Navy Diving Tables). Other treatment tables have been developed, including the Catalina Tables, and others, including proprietary tables.
Test of pressure. If the diagnosis of decompression illness is considered questionable, the diving officer may order a test of pressure. This typically consists of a recompression to 60 feet seawater for up to 20 minutes. If the diver notes significant improvement in symptoms, or the operator can detect changes in the physical examination, a recompression algorithm is followed.Representative diving tables:
U.S. Navy Table 5: This diving table is similar to Table 6 above, but is shorter in duration. It may be used in divers with less severe complaints (type 1 decompression illness).
U.S. Navy Table 6: This diving table consists of compression to the depth of 60 feet seawater with the patient on oxygen. The diver is later decompressed to 30 feet on oxygen, and then slowly pushed to surface pressure. This table typically takes over 7 hours and may be extended further. It is the most common treatment for type 2 decompression illness.
U.S. Navy Table 9: This diving table consists of compression to 45 feet seawater with the patient on oxygen, with later decompression to surface
pressure. This table is often used by monoplace hyperbaric chambers, or as a follow-up treatment in multiplace chambers.