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November 28, 2007

International ATMO Education

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Mark Your Calendar!

2008 Course Schedule is Set

(Click Here Download Calendar)

The Wound Care Course (monthly)

Hyperbaric Medicine Team Training (monthly)

Hyperbaric Safety Director Training Course (3 dates)

Inspection, Maintenance, & Documentation of
Hyperbaric Chamber Acrylics (3 dates)

Courses are held in Downtown San Antonio, Texas

Textbooks, Reference Materials, Safety Equipment


Wound Care Practice (2nd Edition)


Study Materials


(210) 614-3688 for more information on courses and materials

International ATMO Education

414 Navarro, Suite 502

San Antonio, Texas 78205

Phone: 210-614-3688 / Fax 210-223-4864


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November 15, 2007

Medical Assessment of Fitness for Diving

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An Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Sponsored Four-Day Course


This is a course taught by physicians for physicians.  A physical examination of a commercial diver, a diver candidate, a public safety diver, or a recreational diver is significantly more complicated than a routine physical.  This is a course designed to educate physicians about those unique intricacies whether that be for initial physical examinations or return to work physicals.  It has been said by competent authority that “This is a course that every physician should attend.” 
In addition to learning about the requirements for conducting a diving physical examination, we have a lawyer on our faculty who expounds on the legal ramifications of certifying a person to dive and what happens (and who is responsible)  if and/or when that diver suffers decompression illness, gas embolism, or is in an accident on the job.  Even though this is a course for physicians, we know that a significant number of Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners perform physical examinations for divers (under the supervision of a physician)…because of this, they, too, may enroll in this course.  However, due to regulatory issues, neither PA’s nor NP’s can be certified as are the physician attendees. 


Course Cost:  $850.00   

A Four-Day Course For Physicians Only

—-Attendees do not need to be a diver to attend —-

Course Organizer:  John J. Wassel, M.D.


 COURSE OUTLINE             




Upon satisfactory completion of this course, the attendee will be listed by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society as an Approved Diving Medical Examiner.  After three years  the physician will be required to complete a fourteen-hour (2 day) course in order to remain on UHMS listing of approved examiners.  Moreover, the UHMS will be working to gain approval of this course by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) of the United Kingdom.


Course Dates:

APRIL 29-May 2, 2008:  

Westin New Orleans at Canal Place
100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Deluxe Room Rate: $189.00
or River View Room: $214.00

    Rates of $229.00 single or double occupancy will be made available three days pre/post meeting dates during

    Jazz and Heritage Festival subject to availability prior to cutoff date of March 31, 2008
     Additional persons in guestrooms:  $ 25.00
Additional persons in suites:            $ 50.00
    Guestroom rates are subject to a combined state and city tax of 13%, a $2.00 per room per night
occupancy charge.  Taxes and occupancy charges are subject to change.
    RESERVATIONS: The telephone number for reservations is 504-566-7006
.  The new Westin
toll-free number will be available in early December for you to make reservations.  You must
identify yourself as part of the group “UHMS Fitness To Dive” to receive the group rate.
    WESTIN SMOKE FREE POLICY: In alignment with all Westin Hotels, the Westin New Orleans Canal Place 
is a smoke free hotel.  The hotel is smoke free in all areas of the Hotel: lobby, guest rooms, restaurant, lounge, meeting and banquet facilities. Restaurants on property that are not operated by Westin may not participate in the smoke free policy.  To protect the smoke free environment, the Hotel will post a $200 cleaning fee to the account of any guests who smokes in their hotel room. To ensure the cooperation and comfort of Group’s attendees, Group agrees to advise its attendees in writing in promotional materials for Group’s event of the Westin Smoke Free Policy.

OCTOBER 2008: TBA: Athens, Greece

APRIL 2009: TBA: Sandy Hook, NJ



November 14, 2007

Laser Can Spot Illness Before Symptoms Appear

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Laser Can Spot Illness Before Symptoms Appear

ScienceDaily (Nov. 12, 2007) — It may not rank among the top 10 causes of death, but decompression sickness can be fatal. Instead of waiting for symptoms to appear, a University of Houston professor is developing a laser-based system that can diagnose the sickness in a matter of seconds.
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* Heart Disease
* Medical Imaging

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* Optics
* Physics
* Quantum Physics


* Equilibrioception
* Oxygen therapy
* Acupressure
* Altitude

Kirill Larin, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering, is using a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Navy to develop the first optical non-invasive tool to test those most likely to suffer from decompression sickness, such as scuba divers, submariners and airplane pilots. Decompression sickness affects those who experience sudden, drastic changes in the air or water pressure surrounding their bodies. It can cause anything from joint pain – known as the bends – to seizure, stroke, coma and, in the most extreme cases, death.

“Most of the time, decompression sickness isn’t addressed until the person starts showing clinical symptoms,” Larin said. “It would be better, of course, to treat the problem before the symptoms appear. That would allow individuals to take the appropriate medical actions to reduce the side effects of decompression sickness.”

Larin’s optical device can locate the presence of nitrogen gas – or microbubbles – in blood and tissues, which can restrict the flow of blood throughout the body and cause damage. Larin is developing the tool, which works much like an ultrasound machine, with Dr. Bruce Butler of the UT Health Science Center in Houston. Instead of getting readings using sound waves, however, Larin’s system uses light waves in the form of lasers that bounce back when they encounter resistance, thereby providing a high-resolution image.

The Navy could eventually use this technology on all divers or pilots returning to the surface. By shining the laser on one of these individuals, it would provide an image that would reveal the presence of any microbubbles in the blood or tissue – all in a matter of seconds. If microbubbles are found, then medical steps, such as time in a decompression chamber, could be taken before the symptoms appear.

An early version of the tool has been able to locate microbubbles as small as six micrometers, or six thousandths of a millimeter. Most microbubbles are between five and 15 micrometers, about the size of a red blood cell.

The device also could be used at the International Space Station, where individuals moving from a ship to the station have suffered from the effects of decompression sickness. With continued research, everyone from highly trained naval divers and pilots, to astronauts and seaside vacationers could benefit.

Adapted from materials provided by University of Houston.

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