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June 29, 2006

Scott Taylor Is the 2006 DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year

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From Divers Alert Network • 28 June 2006


Scott Taylor, co-owner of A-1 Scuba and Travel Center in Denver, Colo., has been named the 2006 DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year. Dan Orr, DAN president and CEO, presented the award at the DAN Divers Day event held June 17 at Denver’s Downtown Aquarium.

The DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year Award is given each year to a person who has contributed significantly to diving safety or the mission of Divers Alert Network, either regionally or nationally. The award committee is made up of previous award winners, a representative of DAN and one from Rolex USA Inc.

Taylor was recognized for his enthusiasm, support and work for the safety of recreational diving. Inspired by Lloyd Bridges as scuba diving investigator Mike Nelson in the television series “Sea Hunt” and French naval officer, explorer, ecologist, filmmaker and researcher Jacques Cousteau, Taylor became a scuba diver in 1969. Taylor embraced diving, eventually becoming a PADI Course Director, DAN Instructor Trainer and one of the first Instructor Trainers to be certified by the Handicapped Scuba Association (HSA).

In 1991, as a DAN Instructor Trainer, he began teaching the instructors and certified assistants at A-1 Scuba and Travel Center and at many of the PADI and SSI stores in Colorado. He took the program on trips and trained the dive crews on the Turks and Caicos Aggressor, Cayman Aggressor, Peter Hughes’ Wave Dancer, Anthony’s Key Resort and Dive Paradise in Cozumel.

One of the best compliments he ever received came from the owner of Dive Paradise, Renée “Apple” Applegate, who said, “Scott, you’ve cost me a lot of money!” She explained she had just purchased DAN Oxygen Units for all 13 of her boats.

Taylor joined other Colorado dive store owners in forming the Colorado Scuba Retailers Association in the mid-1990s, a group of full retail dive centers offering a variety of dive travel and other services for the diver or snorkeler. The CSRA developed the Colorado Scuba ExtaSea Expo.

In the 1970s, Taylor graduated from the University of Colorado Medical Center with a degree in physical therapy. While working at the spinal cord/head injury center at Craig Hospital in Denver, he began assisting with scuba classes. “It was awesome,” he said. “Suddenly people confined to a wheelchair could be independent for a period of time. I quickly discovered that water is a great equalizer that allows the physically challenged to escape their crutches, wheelchairs and prosthetic devices. I continue teaching the physically challenged to this day.”

Every six weeks, four patients from the hospital visit A-1 Scuba and try scuba. For many, it is their first time out of the hospital since their injury. Taylor also volunteers each summer at the Colorado Easter Seals Camp, introducing children with muscular dystrophy to scuba diving. “It’s a blast for the kids and for me,” Taylor said.

Taylor received a plaque and a personally engraved Rolex Submariner Dive Watch.

By Eileen Sahlin, DAN Chief Development Officer

June 28, 2006

Hyperbaric/Diving Medical Chamber Treatment Program

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Dick Rutkowski announces a hyperbaric/diving medical chamber treatment program for all medical and chamber operators in November 20-24, 2006. This is to be held in Liberia, Costa Rica and the program will be in Spanish and English thru translation. There will be 40 hours accreted for cme’s and ceu’s for all medical and chamber operators. 

For more information contact Dick Rutkowski

Hyperbarics International, Inc.

June 25, 2006

Hyperbaric/Diving Medical Chamber Treatment Program

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Dick Rutkowski announces a hyperbaric/diving medical chamber treatment program for all medical and chamber operators in November 20-24, 2006. This is to be held in Liberia, Costa Rica and the program will be in Spanish and English thru translation. There will be 40 hours accreted for cme’s and ceu’s for all medical and chamber operators.

For more information contact Dick Rutkowski

Hyperbarics International, Inc.

Tropical Fish Collectors Find Life at 200 Feet

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In the Miami Herald for 6/24/2006 there is an article that is interesting from several points of view. In describing another commercial diving modality there is the casual remark that “Before jumping in, they (the divers)took extract of prickly pear cactus pills to ward off decompression sickness.”

Extract from the skin of prickly pear fruit, called OFI, had previously been shown to dampen inflammatory response. A study was reported a couple of years ago in the Archives of Internal Medicine (vol 164, p 1334)that showed a remarkable reduction in hangovers after a night of partying.

The morning after the parties, those given OFI were nursing less severe hangovers than those given placebo. In particular, it slashed the risk of a severe hangover by half.

The researchers also measured levels of a protein produced by the liver, called C-reactive protein, which is thought to be involved in the inflammation process.

The higher the levels, the worse the hangover, they found. This is the first study to show this, the team believes. Levels of this protein were also 40 per cent higher in the people who took placebo pills compared with those who took the OFI.

The researchers therefore believe that OFI eases hangovers by soothing the inflammatory response to alcohol.

I had the following information in my Ten Foot Stop Newsletter for June 30, 2004.

“Hangover cure = Heat stress proteins = Decompression injury protection?There is a flutter in the media about a study in the Archives of Medicine on ‘Hangover Prevention Formula’ [HPF]. It appears that an extract of the fruit of the prickly pear has been shown to decrease the effects of hangovers in a study reported by Jeff Wiese, MD, at Tulane University. HPF contains Tex-OE™, a patented, all-natural extract derived from the fruit of the Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia ficus indica), and has it’s effect through the elevation of protective heat shock proteins. The reason that this should be interesting to divers is that it was reported to be protective for decompression injury in divers in 1998 at the EUBS meeting.

Diving causes a rise in the level of HSP and early high levels of HSP are induced following pre-dive ingestion of TEX-OE. Reported at the EUBS Meeting by Cali-Corleo, et al in their Collection of Manuscripts; pages 20-33. Similar findings reported by the same group at the BHA Annual meeting, 1998.

It would be interesting to see the results of a good study indicating benefits from taking this substance in divers.

June 24, 2006

Venous Air Embolism

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Dr. Omar Sanchez sends us this from Argentina:

About Venous Air Embolism…

Available at The New England Journal of Medicine -
Volume 354:e26 June 22, 2006 Number 25

Venous Air Embolism
A. Cuvelier and J.-F. Muir
Extract | FREE Full Text |

From Buenos Aires, Omar Sanchez, Wetdoc.

An 82-year-old man was transferred to our hospital for the treatment of respiratory distress after computed tomography (CT) of the thorax. He had undergone a follow-up evaluation seven years after a lower left lobectomy for bronchial carcinoma. At the end of the examination, when the patient got down from the examining table, he had acute dyspnea, weakness of the arms and legs, and dizziness. He did not lose consciousness. The CT demonstrated a large amount of air in the left subclavian vein (Panel A, arrowheads), the superior vena cava, the right ventricle (Panel B, arrowheads), and the pulmonary-artery trunk (Panel C, arrowheads). The patient was immediately placed in the left lateral and Trendelenburg’s position while breathing 100 percent oxygen and was transferred. At admission, the patient’s clinical status improved quickly and he recovered without any sequelae.
Ninety milliliters of air had been injected in error instead of contrast solution because the injector had been repositioned but the disposable syringe had not been replaced with a new syringe. This incident emphasizes the need to ensure the safety of injector devices and intravascular catheters to prevent the injection of air.

June 23, 2006

PADI Chamber Endowment Fund

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For Immediate Release Contact: Theresa Gulledge
PADI Americas
+1 949 858 7234, ext. 2322

PADI Chamber Endowment Fund Accepting Grant Requests

More than $30,000US is available to support hyperbaric chambers worldwide.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – 23 June 2006 – The PADI Chamber Endowment Fund, which was established in 2004 to benefit recreational dive communities, is currently accepting requests for grants in support of hyperbaric chambers worldwide. This year, more than $30,000US is available to qualified applicants and no reasonable proposal will be overlooked within the funding available and the number of requests received.

The PADI Chamber Endowment Fund provides funding for projects including, but not limited to:
Staff training and certification
General chamber maintenance costs
Equipment costs
New chamber construction

PADI’s Chamber Endowment Fund is supported by a $2 donation from every enrollment in the PADI-endorsed Diver Protection Program - a comprehensive dive accident insurance program administered by Vicencia and Buckley. The Diver Protection Program is available to all divers globally and accepted by all institutions worldwide.

Previous Fund beneficiaries include: the Utila Hyperbaric Chamber & Trauma Center, Utila Honduras; Orkney Hyperbaric Trust, Orkney; Scotland; University of Hawaii at Manoa; Pacific Grove Hyperbaric Chamber Facility; Pacific Grove CA, and the National Hyperbaric Center; Dublin, Ireland. Donations ranged from $1,000 to $2,500 per recipient.

For more information on the PADI Chamber Endowment Fund, for application procedures, or to apply for funding, please email, or phone 800 729 7234 (US and Canada) ext.2368, or +1 949 858 7234 ext.2368. All applications are due no later than 14 August 2006.

PADI, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, is the world’s largest recreational diving organization, with more than 5300 dive centers and resorts and 130,000 dive professionals worldwide. For 40 years, PADI has set the standard for quality, fun and excellence in diver education. More divers participate in PADI programs than any other; making a PADI certification the most recognized and respected in the world.

June 18, 2006

Teen Injured After Sucking In Divers Carbon Dioxide

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A TV news report makes it unclear as to the cause of a swimmer’s injury in Volusia County Florida. The injured 17 year old is said to have coughed blood upon surfacing and when taken to the hospital - treated in the hyperbaric chamber. A short report and video can be seen at this web site:

CO2 poisoning would certainly be a possibility but coughing up blood is not a symptom of CO2 poisoning.

Pockets of air in a cave chamber can accumulate from expired compressed air from scuba divers, among other causes. This air can contain less oxygen and more CO2 than ambient air - and can have insufficient O2 for oxygenation. More likely what happened is that the swimmer gave out of air, found a pocket of air at depth and then surfaced holding his breath, thereby sustaining pulmonary barotrauma with gas embolism. The process occurs in as little as four feet of water and can be deadly.

Addendum: Rik Rosken, one of our long time readers writes to say that the article also got his attention. ” I also personally contacted the reporter and this seem to be a case of AGE due lung overpressure due breath-holding after breathing compressed
air at depth from the air pocket.”

See also:

Testing Cave Air Quality

June 17, 2006

Technical Director and Nurse Supervisor, The Mayo Clinic Section of Aerospace Medicine in Rochester , Minn

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Technical Director and Nurse Supervisor

The Mayo Clinic Section of Aerospace Medicine in Rochester , Minn. , will open a hyperbaric and altitude medicine program in Fall 2007 to provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy for patients and clinical research. The facility will include hypobaric capability to conduct altitude physiology and applied research for aerospace technology.

We are currently seeking a Technical Director and Nurse Supervisor for this new and exciting initiative.

The chamber will be a multiplace, triple lock 3/6 ATA rectangular system with two treatment compartments each accommodating 12 patients. It is being built by Fink Engineering of Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia. Medical Multiplex, Inc., of Louisville , Ky. , has been enlisted to consult on operational planning and training.

Mayo Clinic, one of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” offers an excellent salary and benefits package. To learn more about Mayo Clinic and Rochester , MN , visit For additional information regarding these opportunities, please contact:

Paul L. Claus, M.D., Medical Director

Mayo Clinic Hyperbaric & Altitude Medicine Program

Phone: 507-266-4602

Fax: 507-266-0909


Dr. Claus will be attending both the Hyperbaric Medicine 2006 Symposium ( March 23-25, 2006 ) in Columbia , South Carolina and the 2006 Annual UHMS Scientific meeting ( June 22-24, 2006 ) in Orlando Florida . Interested individuals attending those meetings may be reached through Medical Multiplex, Inc. representatives at their booth.

Mayo Clinic is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.

June 11, 2006

International Society of Aquatic Medicine is having the 14th Annual Summer Meeting in St Lucia

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Bridget Thomas, RN, Executive Secretary of ISAM informs us that ISAM is having the 14th Annual Summer Meeting in St Lucia. More information can be obtained by clicking here.

Bridget K. Thomas, RN, MSN
International Society of Aquatic Medicine
Executive Secretary
6240 Turtle Hall Dr
Wilmington, NC 28409
Women Divers Hall of Fame Class of 2001
Telephone 910 452 1452
Fax 910 799 5209
ISAM International Society of Aquatic Medicine

June 10, 2006

Scuba Scouts

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In the St. Petersburg Neighborhood Times there is an excellent article about Scuba Scouts.

“Young salts study a vast blue world

Scuba Scouts, students 11 to 18, immerse themselves in science, rescue and exploration, not just fish gazing.

Published May 10, 2006″

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