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Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Section Newsletter - August 2007, Vol 14, #2

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine

circle_arrow Hyperbaric Medicine Section Meeting at SA
circle_arrow Election of Officers
circle_arrow Join your Colleagues at the NOAA Diving Center
circle_arrow Message from the Chair

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Hyperbaric Medicine Section


Hyperbaric Medicine Section Meeting at SA

Make plans to attend the Hyperbaric Medicine Section Meeting!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Room 206, Convention Center

Be sure to check the schedule on-site as meeting times and location could change.

The meeting will include a presentation by David A. Dinsmore, Director, NOAA Diving Program, who will provide a presentation on NOAA’s Aquarius Underwater Habitat. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Ohio State University Comprehensive Wound Center. Please let us know if you are planning to attend. RSVP to Margaret Montgomery c/o or call 800-798-1822 ext 3230.





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Election of Officers

Election of officers will be held during the section meeting at Scientific Assembly. Nominations from the floor will be accepted for the following offices:

  • Chair-elect
  • Secretary/Newsletter Editor

The educational portion of Scientific Assembly runs from October 8-11. We hope to see everyone there.



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Join your Colleagues at the NOAA Diving Center

Join your colleagues on a tour of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Diving Center on Tuesday, October 9 at 5:30 pm. The tour will last about one hour. Due to space limitations, please RSVP to Margaret Montgomery c/o or call 800-798-1822 ext 3230.

The NOAA Diving Center opened in 1989 and includes offices, a modern classroom with state-of-the-art audiovisual capability, dive equipment repair and storage areas, a training tank (30 feet high by 15 feet wide), and three fully-functional hyperbaric chambers (84", 60" and 42" diameters). Gas systems consist of a low pressure air system for chamber operations and surface-supplied diving, plus high pressure air and Nitrox systems for scuba diving. Several boats, ranging in size from 14 to 26 feet in length, are available to support diving operations in Lake Washington, Lake Union and Puget Sound.

An L-shaped staging pier partially encloses a 30-foot deep training basin in Lake Washington, with deeper depths (over 200 feet) located within one mile of the center, providing excellent facilities for open-water training of divers.




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Message from the Chair

Sorabh Khandelwal, MD

We have an exciting meeting planned in Seattle. Dave Dinsmore from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will be presenting on NOAA’s Aquarius Underwater Habitat and then there will be a tour to NOAA’s Diving Center later that day. The section meeting will be over lunch and please feel free to bring colleagues who may have an interest in scuba diving. I think the presentation will be appealing to a broader group of people aside from hyperbaric and dive medicine enthusiasts.

As the topic of carbon monoxide has been a major topic for our section, I wanted to provide an update as to the status of ACEP’s clinical policy titled, Critical Issues in the Management of Adult Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department with Acute Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Unfortunately, section leadership could not agree to the clinical policy as written. We had lengthy discussions on content and at the end, we could not agree on an acceptable draft. Thus, the clinical policy will have to be approved by the Board without section endorsement. I may have additional information at our section meeting since there is a Board meeting in early October which likely will be voting on the approval of the clinical policy as written.

If you are interested in the section leadership positions of chair elect or secretary/newsletter editor, please email a section leader or Margaret Montgomery, section staff liaison c/o to let us know of your interest. Nominations from the floor will also be accepted at the time of the section meeting in Seattle. Chris Logue will be section Chair for the upcoming year and he will undoubtedly bring unparalleled enthusiasm to that position.

I apologize that we do not have a newsletter that has more engaging discussion on hyperbaric medicine. I hope we can continue the momentum of previous newsletters with the next addition.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone in Seattle. Hope your travels are safe.


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