The number of UK diving incidents falls to lowest level in 21 years. Even so, there were 136 incidents in 2013, including 10 fatalities.
Closing a hole in the heart (a pfo) reduces the risk of decompression sickness by eliminating bubbles in the arteries after a dive
Most fatal diving accidents could be avoided if adequate diving safety procedures are followed, a study suggests. Of 40 deaths studied, only 6 were caused by defective equipment.
Decompression sickness is caused by nitrogen being released from the blood too quickly, forming bubbles which may expand and injure tissue or block blood vessels. Anything that reduces bubble formation should decrease the risk of decompression sickness. Many factors increase the chance of decompression sickness, including dehydration. Researchers from the French Navy have found that […]
Decompression sickness, it not treated quickly, can cause lasting damage and may even be fatal. Instead of waiting for symptoms to appear, a University of Houston professor is developing a laser-based system that can diagnose decompression sickness in a matter of seconds. Kirill Larin, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering, is using a […]
Researchers at the Hyperbaric Medicine Department, San Diego, have developed a three-point scale to diagnose decompression sickness. There are currently no universally accepted diagnostic criteria for the diagnosis of decompression sickness. The new SANDHOG (SAN Diego Diving and Hyperbaric Organizations) criteria uses a point scale and entrance level for the diagnosis of decompression sickness. Once […]
Poor health in former North Sea divers is associated with decompression sickness, according to a new report. A team from Haukeland University Hospital in Norway investigated the impact of decompression sickness and diving exposure on the health of Norwegian divers who previously worked in the North Sea. They questioned 230 ex-divers on their diving education […]
Decompression sickness, or the bends, is caused by nitrogen bubbles forming in the body. As the pressure reduces during ascent, the volume of gas in the blood and tissues increases. If the ascent is too fast the bubbles may reach a dangerous size and prevent blood flow or damage tissues. Normally associated with SCUBA diving, […]
Prevention of bubble formation is a central goal in standard decompression procedures. According to research published in the FASEB Journal, nitric oxide reduces bubble formation following decompression after dives of different duration and to different depths. In their experiments, the researchers from the University of Split and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology gave […]
Current thinking is that strenuous exercise after diving increases the risk of decompression sickness. Decompression sickness is caused by nitrogen being released from the blood too quickly, forming bubbles which may expand and injure tissue or block blood vessels. Anything that increases bubble formation will therefore increase the risk of decompression sickness. It has previously […]