Decompression sickness, also known as generalised barotrauma or the bends, is a type of injury produced by a fast drop in the pressure that surrounds you, whether it’s air or water. Scuba or deep-sea divers are the most usually affected.
You take in more oxygen and nitrogen when you scuba dive using compressed air. The oxygen is used by your body, while the nitrogen is dissolved in your blood and remains there during your dive. The water pressure around you reduces when you swim back to the surface after a deep dive.
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Breathing pure oxygen in a pressured environment is known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Decompression sickness, a potential risk of scuba diving, can be treated using hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
The air pressure in a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber is two to three times higher than normal air pressure. Your lungs can absorb significantly more oxygen under these conditions than they could if you were inhaling pure oxygen at normal air pressure.
When your blood delivers this extra oxygen throughout your body, it aids in the battle against infection and promotes the production of growth factors and stem cells, which aid in the healing process.
Tobermory is an ideal location for a Hyperbaric Facility because of its popularity among Canadian divers. As divers, we hope to never have to use one, but unforeseen circumstances dictate that we may have to.
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