First line experience in the field of sport medicine
Observer (Former Employee) – London, ENG – 27 January 2014
The increasing popularity of scuba diving and growth of commercial diving has increased the incidence of decompression illness (DCI). As more people of varying ages and fitness dive more often, helped by developments in technology to go deeper and for longer, then doctors will see more cases of this condition. At the Hyperbaric Chamber specialists see many cases of DCI in divers who have observed all the rules and stayed within their tables or computer algorithms, but still develop DCI. The London Diving Chamber offers assessment and treatment for DCI is free. Patients are normally assessed soon as possible after getting in touch, and treatment normally begins immediately if DCI is suspected. The first treatment is the longest one, with subsequent shorter treatments on following days. These continue until patients have full resolution of their symptoms, or there is a "treatment plateau". After each recompression, doctors assess the symptoms of patients. When the treatment regime has been completed, doctors recommend a certain time away from diving and book a review appointment before individuals dive again. If other problems are suspected as the cause for DCI, doctors arrange for further investigations before that particular person can dive again. The most enjoyable part of this experience was the introduction to the general workings of a hyperbaric chamber, while the hardest part was to continuous training on its maintenance.
Intro into the world of marine medicine