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December 4, 2006

PSDiver Monthly Issue 33

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PSDiver Monthly Issue 33

PSDiver Monthly Issue 33 Is Now Available - ALWAYS FREE

December 2, 2006

Issue 33 of PSDiver Monthly is now available for download Click here to go to the download site.

IN THIS ISSUE - PSDiver Monthly Issue 33

PSD Health Initiative Survey
Immersion Hypothermia and Near-drowning
Thermal Protection and Hypothermia Considerations
Deputy Dies in River Tragedy
PSD News and Articles
MISSION REPORTS - Case of the Tattletale Strobes
Coach - “An Enlightened Dive”
Continuing Education and MORE!



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Scientists puzzled by extreme penguin dives
Oceanography. Researchers aren’t sure how emperors can descend so deep without developing decompression sickness, or the bends.


Staff Nurse (Grade D) - ITU/Hyperbaric
Guardian Unlimited - UK
The Hyperbaric unit deals with patients suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, decompression illness and radiation tissue damage - which means that we are


North Sea divers were drugged
Aftenposten - Oslo,Norway
only reason I can think of for this being done is a form of trickery, a way to decompress the divers without them getting symptoms of decompression sickness.


Carbon monoxide sends couple to hospital (2:07 pm)
El Paso Times - El Paso,TX,USA
Both were taken to Providence Memorial Hospital in serious condition and were undergoing treatment in a hyperbaric chamber, which provides oxygen therapy, said


Research Grant to Baromedical Research Foundation

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The Baromedical Research Foundation has been awarded a substantial research
grant from Sechrist Industries, Inc., to study hyperbaric oxygen’s radiation sensitization effects. Study design, involving squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck, has been completed. It involves both Phase I (dose escalation) and Phase III (randomized and double-blinded) components. Participating centers are The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia and Palmetto Health Richland Hospital, Columbia, South Carolina. Foundation director Dick Clarke notes ‘The best treatment for this form of cancer is not presently known. There is clearly room for long-term survival improvement, with tumor hypoxia a limiting factor in its control and eradication. This important award provides the opportunity to fully investigate the potential of hyperbaric oxygen to impact survival’. Patient enrollment will begin in March 2007 and take approximately 15 months to complete. For further information please contact
The Baromedical Research Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the scientific advancement of hyperbaric medicine.


December 1, 2006


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32nd Annual Spring Meeting
Osprey Beach Resort and Oasis Diver, Grand Turk, BWI.
60 Divers • 30 Hours Category 1 CME for Physicians • 32.4 Contact Hours for Nurses

Click Here for Information and Application


2007 Winter Symposium on Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Management

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2007 Winter Symposium on Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Management
Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge, CO
January 28th - 30th, 2007
Sponsored by Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Course Directors: James Holm, MD & Takkin Lo, MD
We are pleased to announce the program for this year’s Winter Symposium. It will be held at Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge, CO, from January 28th to 30th, 2007. Approximately 16 hours of credits for physicians, nurses and CHTs will be available.
Pre-registration discount ends on December 15th, 2006… so register early and save!
This year’s conference will focus on wound care in addition to selected topics in hyperbaric oxygen therapy. We will have a “hands on” workshop in wound care issues including, Total Contact Casting/Offloading, Wound Debridement, Wound Dressings, and Negative Pressure Wound Therapy. Click here for Conference Flier
Flights to Denver are very reasonable and we have negotiated hotel room rates starting at $127 per night at this slope side resort. Click here for Hotel Info. Discounted rooms are going fast… so make your room reservations as soon as possible.
More information is available at the conference website at or thru the links below.


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Understanding Engineers - Take One

Two engineering students were biking across a university campus when one said, “Where did you get such a great bike?” The second engineer replied, “Well, I was walking along yesterday, minding my own business, when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike, threw it on the ground, took off her clothes and said, ‘Take what you want.’ ” The second engineer nodded approvingly and said, “Good choice; the clothes probably wouldn’t have fit you anyway.”

Understanding Engineers - Take Two

To the optimist, the glass is half full.
To the pessimist, the glass is half empty.
To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

Understanding Engineers - Take Three

A priest, a doctor and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers. The engineer fumed, “What’s with those guys? We’ve been waiting 15 minutes!” The doctor chimed in, “I don’t know, but I’ve never seen such inept golfers!” The priest said, “Here comes the greens keeper, let’s ask him.” He said, “Hello, George! What’s wrong with the group ahead of us? They’re rather slow aren’t they?” The greens keeper replied, “Oh, yes. That’s a group of blind fire fighters. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime.” The group fell silent for a moment. The priest said, “That’s so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight.” The doctor said, “Good idea. I’m going to contact my ophthalmologist colleague and see if there’s anything he can do for them.” The engineer said, “Why can’t they play at night?”

Understanding Engineers - Take Four

What is the difference between mechanical engineers and civil engineers?
Mechs build weapons and civs build targets.

Understanding Engineers - Take Five

The graduate with a science degree asks, “Why does it work?”

The graduate with an engineering degree asks, ‘How does it work?”

The graduate with an accounting degree asks, “How much will it cost?”

The graduate with an arts degree asks, “Do you want fries with that?”

Understanding Engineers - Take Six

Four engineering students were gathered together discussing the possible designers of the human body. One said, “It was a mechanical engineer, just look at all the joints.” Another said, “No, it was an electrical engineer. The nervous system has many thousands of electrical connections.” The third said, “It was obviously a chemical engineer, just think about all the reactions taking place each second in the body.” The last one said, “You’re all wrong, it had to have been a civil engineer. Who else would run a toxic waste pipeline through a recreational area?”

Understanding Engineers - Take Seven

Normal people believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough features yet.


UHM 2006: VOL 33, ISSUE #5

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UHM 2006: VOL 33, ISSUE #5


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Pneumomediastinum after lung packing.

F.L. Jacobson, S.H.Loring, M. Ferrigno

Hyperbaric treatment of arterial CO2 Embolism occurring after laparoscopic surgery.

R.S. Reust, B.C. Diener, J.S. Stroup, G.D. Haraway

Letter to the Editor - The relative safety of forward and reverse diving profiles

J. Risberg

Book Review – Handbook on Hyperbaric Medicine, Daniel Mathieu, Editor

Reviewed by C. A. Piantadosi

Scientific Abstracts from UHMS Annual Meeting, 2006, Orlando, FL

Scientific Abstracts Index

Pages from Pressure


News About the Pacific Chapter, UHMS, Conference

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The Pacific Chapter held its’ Annual Conference at historic Jack London Square in Oakland, CA on September 15 & 16. The conference was organized by the current chapter president, Lorre Henderson, OD, MD with approximately 60 in attendance. The first day started off with a lecture by Dr. Neil Hampson on Carboxyhemoglobin followed by a fascinating look at medical problems encountered in the sport of free diving given by Dr. Ralph Potkin. The remainder of the day consisted of interesting scientific lectures on a variety of topics. Friday evening was spent on a delightful 3-hour cruise of San Francisco Bay aboard the USS Potomac, otherwise know as the “Floating White House”, used by FDR during his tenure as President of the United States. Saturday was diving day consisting for lectures pertinent to the subject. The President’s gavel was handed over to Ralph Potkin, MD and plans are underway for next year’s conference which is tentatively sceduled to take place in Avelon on Catalina Island. Included in the plans is a half-day of diving for all the divers among us. Watch the Pacific Chapter website at for further details. Hope to see you there!


“Heart Flap”, or Patent Foramen Ovale & Migraines

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Heart “flap” may be root of migraines
Denver Post - Denver,CO,USA
Now, it is associated with a list of problems, chiefly decompression sickness in divers and stroke in young adults who aren’t at obvious risk for stroke

See also:


Here is a question concerning non-diabetic hypoglycemia (adiving risk) and migraine with aura (a risk for PFO). I am planning on getting certified to go -

Ten Foot Stop News Blog » 2005 » May

Data From NMT Medical’s MIST PFO/Migraine Study To Be Presented at European Cardiology Conference Air embolism as a cause of the systemic inflammatory -

Patent Foramen Ovale

There have been recent reports of an association between cerebral emboli, migraines with aura and right to left shunts (PFO). Philip Foster et al, -

November 29, 2006

Scientific Abstracts UHM 2006: VOL 33, ISSUE #5

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Scientific Abstracts from UHMS Annual Meeting, 2006, Orlando, FL

Scientific Abstracts Index

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