Selected scientific publications on diving medicine and physiology.

2022 Jan 21
Oxidative stress and motion sickness in one crew during competitive offshore sailing
Giacon TA, Bosco G, Vezzoli A, Dellanoce C, Cialoni D, Paganini M & Mrakic-Sposta S.

Competitive Offshore Ocean Sailing is a highly demanding activity in which subjects are exposed to psychophysical stressors for a long time. To better define the physiological adaptations, we investigated the stress response of subjects exposed to 3-days long ocean navigation with disruption of circadian rhythms.

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2022 Mar 9
Effect of SCUBA Diving on Ophthalmic Parameters
Deleu L, Catherine J, Postelmans L & Balestra C.

Background and Objective: Several cases of central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC) in divers have been reported in our medical retina center over the past few years. This study was designed to evaluate possible changes induced by SCUBA diving in ophthalmic parameters and especially subfoveal choroidal thickness (SFCT), since the choroid seems to play a crucial role in physiopathology of CSC.

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2022 Sep 29
Hydration status during commercial saturation diving measured by bioimpedance and urine specific gravity
Wekre SL, Landsverk HD, Lautridou J, Hjelde A, Imbert JP, Balestra C & Eftedal I.

Excessive fluid loss triggered by hyperbaric pressure, water immersion and hot water suits causes saturation divers to be at risk of dehydration. Dehydration is associated with reductions in mental and physical performance, resulting in less effective work and an increased risk of work-related accidents. In this study we examined the hydration status of 11 male divers over 19 days of a commercial saturation diving campaign to a working depth of 74 m, using two non-invasive methods: Bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) and urine specific gravity (USG).

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2022 Jun 30
Decompression illness in Finnish technical divers: a follow-up study on incidence and self-treatment
Tuominen LJ, Sokolowski S, Lundell RV & Raisanen-Sokolowski AK.

Introduction: Technical diving is increasing in popularity in Finland, and therefore the number of decompression illness (DCI) cases is also increasing among technical divers. Although hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) remains the standard of care, there are anecdotal reports of technical divers treating mild DCI symptoms themselves and not seeking a medical evaluation and possible recompression therapy. This study aimed to make an epidemiologic inventory of technical diving-related DCI symptoms, to establish the incidence of self-treatment and to determine the apparent effectiveness of different treatment methods.

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2022 Oct 17
Vascular Function Recovery Following Saturation Diving
Imbert JP, Egi SM & Balestra C.

Background and Objectives: Saturation diving is a technique used in commercial diving. Decompression sickness (DCS) was the main concern of saturation safety, but procedures have evolved over the last 50 years and DCS has become a rare event. New needs have evolved to evaluate the diving and decompression stress to improve the flexibility of the operations (minimum interval between dives, optimal oxygen levels, etc.).

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