scubadoc Ten Foot Stop

December 30, 2005

Findings of Interest

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1. Diving pioneer Norine Rouse Dies at 80

2. Just an honest healer, says indicted doctor

3. Malaria organism has a cloaking code

4. Mathematical model can help predict asthma risk

5. Mobilizing stem cells by using HBO

December 22, 2005’s Top 10 Underwater Stories for 2005

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Happy Holidays!

During 2005, published links to over 3,000 stories, marking another year as the world’s leading underwater news portal. As part of our year-end celebration, we’ve just re-read every one of those stories to come up with our annual top ten stories list.

You can read’s Top 10 Underwater Stories for 2005 at:

Jeff Dudas
Founder and Editor

December 21, 2005

Top Thirty Sites Visited on scubadoc Diving Medicine Online

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This is the home page for scubadoc Diving Medicine Online. It contains links in drop down windows to the entire web site and offers easy and intuitive access to the large volume of information available about diving injuries and physiology. There is extensive information about assessment for fitness to dive.
This site is the main page for our forum/board for asking and answering questions about diving medicine. Answers are provided by a highly qualified cadre of moderators who give up to date advice and information on a broad range of subjects.
This page provides easy to read information about the poisonous sea snake of the Indo-Pacific. It contains links and photos of the air breathing reptile. Visited frequently by school kids foe homework.
ENT difficulties are probably the most frequently seen of all diving maladies. Visited often, this page gives basic information about diving problems associated with the ears, sinuses and nose.
Patent foramen ovale is being studied for it’s probable role in causing unexpected decompression illness.
A web page about the moray eel with a photo. Visited often by school children for class homework.
An extensive web page with in-depth information about the possible results of a lifetime of diving. An article written for Medscape.
A page about shark injuries and management.
Part I of a two part article about decompression illness written for Medscape.
Questions from divers with answers.
A web page with information about risks of diving while on anticoagulants.
Skin problems and diving.
Dive Accident Management
Article about exercises for development of the abdominal muscles written by Dr. Jolie Bookspan.
Nitrogen narcosis
Exercises for the travelor in his/her hotel room.
Index page for diving injuries involving gases; such as oxygen toxicity, nitrogen narcosis, decompression sickness, etc.
An article about mitral valve prolapse and diving.
Extensive material about diving and the eye.
Shallow water blackout.
Sea sickness
Some simplified information about the physics and diving.
Marijuana and diving.
Spontaneous pneumothorax and risks for diving
Article by Jolie Bookspan, PhD, about ways to relieve back problems.
Endocrine difficulties and diving - including diabetes.
Information about asthma and diving
Marine Life that is hazardous to divers. Injuries and management.
Middle ear barotrauma, probably the most frequent of diving maladies.
Box jellyfish and dangers. Photo.

2006 Winter Symposium Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Management

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January 29, 30, 31st, 2006
Copper Mountain Resort, Copper Mountain, Colorado
(20 hours CME)

We have extended the pre-registration discount to December 30th, 2005

We are still accepting Abstract Presentations (due January 7th, 2006)

Useful Links

Conference Homepage

Conference Flier (pdf)

Conference Registration

Hotel Registration

Conference Agenda

Call for Abstracts (due by Jan 7th, 2006)

Hope to see you there!


James Holm, MD
Program Director

DAN Link to Espacio Profundo: the Best of Two Worlds

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From Dan Leigh, DAN

Espacio Profundo, the Mexican dive magazine, has joined in a partnership
with DAN’s Alert Diver to provide DAN members residing in Latin America a combination of these two great publications.

Previously, DAN Members in Latin America only had the option to receive the
Alert Diver magazine in English. To better benefit Spanish-speaking members,
DAN sought a way to provide the Alert Diver content in their own language.

As of January 2006, Espacio Profundo becomes the “official magazine of
Divers Alert Network in Latin America.” It includes additional pages from
DAN and dive safety information from DAN’s award-winning magazine, Alert
Diver. This partnership will provide those members the latest in Alert Diver
feature articles in Spanish, and the beautiful photography and captivating
stories found in Espacio Profundo.

For those members in the affected regions who prefer to read Alert Diver in
English, DAN has given them the ability to access Alert Diver online at no
additional charge.

Also as of January 2006, DAN Business Members in Spanish-speaking Latin
America started receiving both the Alert Diver in English and the new
version of Espacio Profundo in Spanish. Since Business Members often deal
with English-speaking customers who also read Alert Diver, it will benefit
them to have both copies.

Espacio Profundo has also agreed to help DAN and dive safety grow in Latin
America by giving their several thousand subscribers in Latin America the
opportunity to convert to DAN membership. And when they convert, they have
the option to choose DAN’s worldwide dive insurance.

DAN Members in Brazil will continue to receive the printed English version
of Alert Diver. Eventually, DAN hopes to provide a Portuguese-language
diving publication to Brazilian-based members.

Letter from Don Chandler, Exe. Dir. UHMS

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To all-

Forwarded to see if any of you out there can help Dr. Weisher.

If you can help, please contact him directly, but I would appreciate a Cc if you use email.

From: Dr. David Weisher []
Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2005 9:43 AM
To: Don Chandler

I’m looking for a used transcutaneous O2 machine for our hyperbaric program here in St. Thomas USVI. I would greatly app. if you could help me.

David D. Weisher MD
office 340 775 4666

December 19, 2005

Medical Malpractice Insurance and the UHMS (a letter from Don Chandler)

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To all-

First, please accept my thanks to all of you who responded. As promised, the below represents the response I received to my inquiry about whether there were companies that listed Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine as a specialty they cover. Here’s the summary. Hopefully it will be helpful to those who are searching for medical malpractice insurers.

The Doctors Company in California has had 22 years of experience in dealing with physicians who practice HBOT. See note below for address and phone number.
One of our members answers “no” to the usual questions such as whether he does surgery, delivers babies, gives electroshock, etc. (which he doesn’t) and when the company asks what he does, he replies that he practices hyperbaric medicine. His company then insures him at the same premium as for a psychoanalyst.
In Florida, one of our members is covered by MagMutual Insurance Co. He operates 6 Sechrist monoplace chambers. Another member who also uses MagMutual reported that the company recognizes HBOT as low risk and classify it under primary care.
One medical malpractice company lists one of our members as “Preventive Medicine/Hyperbaric.”
In the Netherlands Antilles all personnel, including volunteers who are involved in HBOT, are protected by law of the Netherlands Antilles and liability is covered by FATUM/VVAA Liability Insurance for Professionals. FATUM is/was the daughter of ING, which is available in the U.S.
One member reports that he lists UHMS as the group he belongs to. His company states that they cover other hyperbaric centers.
In Switzerland, one of our members reports that he has liability insurance that will cover any type of medical treatment he may offer to his patients. HBO is a treatment like any other one and is covered. The name of his company is AXA, but in Switzerland , any company will cover that.
It is reported that The Doctors Company has been excellent to work with and covers hyperbaric medicine (also see note above). The company address is: 185 Greenwood Road, Napa, CA 94558 Tel 707.226.0100 Attn: Eileen Reis, Agent 707.226.0224.
COPIC is reported to be a proprietary provider in Colorado and lists HBOT practitioners separately under Hyperbaric Medicine and has done so for several years. The rates from COPIC are reportedly about the same as a primary care physician who does not do obstetrics. One of our members who has used both Doctors and COPIC noted that he puts the insurance under one of his primary boards (IM was cheaper than EM) and he told them he did wound care and HBOT as well.
In Hong Kong, a member reports that his medical practice insurance is covered by Medical Protection Society (UK based). It covers hyperbaric medicine practice at a higher rate. Medical Protection website is:
One of our members in Arizona reported that Evanston is covering Wound Care/Hyperbaric Medicine Practice on the malpractice policy for Paradise Valley Emergency Physicians.
Peterson and Floyd is a company that has been used in years past for HBOT malpractice insurance.
Medical Protective is a company that has insured one of our members for a long time. To his knowledge, they insure him at the lowest level of Internal Medicine. Another member who insures with Medical Protective Corporation has done so for 20 years and reports they specifically cover him for Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine (that is all he does).
One email I got read, “Try CNA.”
In California one of our members reports that CAP-MPT offers Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine malpractice insurance.
CPPRRG in central Pennsylvania offered one of our members a rider for Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, but at a separate cost. He didn’t take it because the amount of HBOT he does is slim.
In Texas it is reported that TMLT recognizes Hyperbaric Medicine when insuring. One of our members who uses TMLT stated that it is offered in Texas only and the rates are very reasonable and are probably in the lowest 10% of physician malpractice insurance rates.
One of our Internist members from New York reports that any Internist pays the same rate and is covered for HBOT. The only exception for Internal Medicine is L heart catheterization…so, if you are an Internist, you are covered for every aspect of your practice, including HBOT. The name of this member’s company is Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company.
A member who practices in Florida reported that he works with a large group of physicians, each with his/her own malpractice coverage. The carriers in Florida have just added Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine to the original coverage without increasing their individual coverage.
It is reported that ProNational recognizes Hyperbaric Medicine as a specialty.
In Canada, the Canadian Medical Protective Association, a member owned malpractice insurance plan, recognizes hyperbaric and diving medicine under the category of occupational medicine.
There you have it…this is all I have at the moment. Again, thank you to each of you who responded with information about this important topic. We now have a file here in the UHMS home office with information about medical malpractice insurance for practitioners of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. Because I did not receive telephone numbers or addresses for most of the companies listed above (I didn’t ask for them), I suggest that a Google search will produce any information you might need concerning any of the companies listed.


December 18, 2005


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2006 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Deadline for Submission: FEBRUARY 28, 2006




(Special rate for UHMS attendees)





PAUL C. BAKER AWARD: Nominees Needed - this award is award to an Associate Member (All UHMS members can nominate)

more information can be found on the Associates website:

December 16, 2005

Adventist Hospital in Portland Opens Special Wound Center

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Adventist opens special wound center

Adventist Medical Center opened a new Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center on Monday. (Dec. 13, 2005)

The center features two hyperbaric chambers in addition to an American Diabetes Association-recognized education center that will instruct diabetic patients on general diabetes control and wound care-related dietary issues.

Dr. Enoch Huang — Oregon’s only board-certified undersea and hyperbaric medicine physician — will serve as medical director for the wound center. The center will contribute to the hyperbaric medicine community through its partnership with Praxis Clinical Services, an organization with 63 hyperbaric facilities across the country.

NDC Diving Incidents Report 2005

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Dr. Omar Sanchez recommends a visit to the NDC Diving Incidents Report 2005 , from The British Sub-Aqua Club,
Available at:

From Buenos Aires, Omar Sanchez, Wetdoc.

NDC Diving Incidents Report 2005

Compiled by Brian Cumming
DivingSafety & Incidents Advisor


This section contains the 2005 Diving Incidents Report, produced by The British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) in the interest of promoting diving safety. It is important to note that it contains details of UK diving incidents occurring to divers of all affiliations, plus incidents occurring world-wide involving BSAC members.
Report Format
The majority of statistical information contained within this report is also shown in graphical form. Please note that all statistical information is generally produced from UK data only and does not include Overseas Incidents unless noted as ‘All Incidents’.

The contents of this report are split into an overview of the year, and then the details of nine incident categories plus some historical analyses. The various sections can be found as shown below;

i) Overview
ii) Fatalities
iii) Decompression Incidents
iv) Injury / illness
v) Boating & Surface Incidents
vi) Ascent Problems
vii) Technique Problems
viii) Equipment Problems
ix) Miscellaneous Incidents
x) Overseas Incidents
xi) Numerical & Statistical Analyses
xii) List of Abbreviations

Within each category the incidents are listed in the order of their occurrence, not necessarily that of Incident Reference. They are laid out in the following form:

Brief Narrative of Incident………………………………

The nature of many diving incidents is such that there is usually more than one cause or effect. Where this is the case the incident has been classified under the more appropriate cause or effect. For instance an incident involving a fast ascent, causing decompression illness will be classified under ‘Decompression Incidents’.

Brian Cumming,
BSAC Diving Incidents Advisor,
November 2005,

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