Monday, November 21, 2011

Decompression Sickness: More Major Coverage on HBOT for Lobsters Divers of the Miskito Coast

Add to our September 10 story the following dramatic and beautiful new footage from NBC Rock Center. Along the Caribbean coast off Nicaragua and Honduras, the Miskito people face the constant risk of decompression sickness, or the bends, in their deep-sea pursuit of the coveted spiny lobster. The divers are poorly trained and equipped. Dr Elmer Mejía struggles to provide basic care, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which he sometimes worries may only compound the problem:

We feel very pleased when they improve very quickly at the chamber, but sometimes we are kind of scared because if they improve so quick, so fast, they will think the hyperbaric chamber makes miracles. So they will go back again diving and the next time can be the last time.


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