Tue. Jan 21st, 2020

MOH hosts Diving Medicine Lecture


A training focused on the clinical aspects of diving medicine was recently held at the Belau National Hospital on February 15, 16, and 19.

Participants of the three-day training included medical doctors, the Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) Technicians from the Ministry of Health, and local diving and tour operators. [restrict]

Diving medicine refers to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of health conditions that are caused when a person enters the underwater environment.

The difference in pressure can have a drastic effect on the body, causing health-related issues such as decompression sickness (the bends) or cerebral artery gas embolism. The training focused on understanding the variety of health issues associated with diving and learning how to administer proper treatment. The lecture also covered using a hyperbaric chamber in treating dive-related health problems.

Instructor for the training was Mr. Richard Clarke, CHT (Certified Hyperbaric Technologist). Mr. Clarke currently serves as the President of the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology, an organization that supports undersea medicine and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. His extensive experience in the field of diving medicine includes serving on working in the commercial diving industry and continued involvement with research and education related to hyperbaric medicine and technology.

The diving medicine lecture was made possible through the support of the Hyperbaric Partners, Ltd. in collaboration with the Divers Alert Network. Hyperbaric Partners. Ltd. supports the building & operations of hyperbaric chambers and related medical facilities in dive destinations worldwide. It aims to provide high quality medical facilities that specialize in the treatment of injuries related to diving. Divers Alert Network is the largest association of recreational scuba divers in the world. The association focuses on helping divers who may need medical emergency assistance and promoting dive safety through research and education. [/restrict]