Wednesday, May 9, 2012

USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber Featured in Scientific American Blog

For the last month the "Expeditions" blog on the Scientific American website has run an excellent series on the University of Southern California Dornsife Scientific Research Diving program. The May 4 installment covers the USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber. Written by dive safety officer Gerry Smith, the short piece nicely summarizes the center's important role in treating recreational and scientific divers and others who suffer decompression sickness and air or gas embolism. We've written before about USC Catalina but didn't know the center is funded equally by the Los Angeles County Medical Alert Center and the local diving community and staffed 24/7 by a full-time director, a part-time technician, and some 70 volunteers.

[Photo: Karl Huggins]

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