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Meeting Minutes For Desert Divers Of Idaho

Meeting of 11/13/07

In attendance:

Jim Hull
Wade Pfennig
Mike Thomas
Marcos Thomas
Mike Garske
Denise Roberts
Kelly Jenkins
Erynn Graf
Joe Drelling
Jamie Fernandez
Sam Fernandez
Claudia Pfennig
Lyle Carlyle

7:09pm Meeting opened
Denise: Financial report: $206.95. Same as last month.

Last month's meeting was a presentation by Dean Clower.

Discussed email from Dirk regarding the Boise Aquarium. December meeting possible for a presentation. The aquarium is asking for SCUBA assistance. The aquarium will be located near the fairgrounds. Denise will continue to communicate with them to set up a meeting to discuss.

Next month's meeting (December) at the Idaho pizza company at Overland/Roosevelt. Elections will be held.

January meeting: Bowling, Emerald Lanes

Denise gave a quick synopsis of her latest dive adventure in La Paz, MX. Lots of eels, whale sharks, and other sharks.

Joe Drelling: Seattle dives. Redondo beach. Saw octopus and temperature in the 50s.

7:17pm Meeting turned over to Dr. Otto for his presentation.

Hyperbaric has more to do with wound care than diving accidents here in Boise. Program has been running here in Boise for over 2 years.

NFL players and hockey arenas have hyperbaric chambers to treat wounds. New acute muscle injuries are treatable by a hyperbaric chamber.

100% oxygen breathing while the chamber is filled with pressurized air.

3ATA is the deepest “dive” that can be achieved in the chambers in Boise. Air embolisms can only be treated in a 6ATA chamber within 1 hour.

66Kft =0ATA. Commercial airliners are pressurized to about 5 to 6K ft.

History of hyperbaric chamber technology.
1862 - Dr. Jourdant created first functional chamber.
1875 - chambers used as a spa.
1879 – Dr. Fontain used a pressurized operating room/chamber
1880 – Paul Bert used oxygen to pressurize a chamber.
1920 – Cleveland, OH Orville Cunningham built a six (6) story HBO2 hostpital.

Types of chambers.
Multiplace – Multiple patients and attendants can be inside of the chamber at the same time. Can do DECO stops and use table 6 for long deco sequences. Uses compressed air and patients breath 02. Fink chamber. 52'x12', 12 patients in one (1) chamber. $8 to $10M installed.

Monoplace – single person/patient. 02 is used to pressurize the chamber. All material must be 02 compatible and all surfaces must be anti-static.

Types of injuries and afflictions treated in a chamber.
Diabetic foot ulcers
skin grafts
crush injuries – improve/save marginal tissue.
acute carbon-monoxide poisoning.
Stimulate new tissue growth

Boise to soon have UHMS accreditation for chambers. Until this is done DAN will not cover divers in Boise chambers.

Presentation of some graphic wounds that were treated in the chambers in Boise and the results of that treatment.

Minutes recorded by Jim Hull, Club VP