Sunday, November 27, 2005

Richard Draper, DO added to Diving Medical Officer listing for Missouri

Dr. Richard Draper has attended the NOAA course for diving medical officers and is located with the Southeast Missouri Wound care and Hyperbaric Center in Cape Girardeau. His new listing has been added to the web page for Diving Facilities in Missouri on oue web site at

Southeast Missouri Hospital Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center
1701 Lacey Street
Cape Girardeau, Mo., 63701

Richard E. Draper, DO, FACEP
Attendee, NOAA Diving Medical Officer Program
573 331-6953

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Bozzuto Medical Director of Albany Georgia Chamber

Dr. Tom Bozzuto is now Medical Director of the hyperbaric chamber at the Phoebe Putney Wound Care & Hyp. Cntr, Phoebe Putney Memorial Albany Georgia. Our web page for Georgia Hyperbaric Facilities has been changed to include this information.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Chamber Added for New York City

New York Presbyterian Hospital Hyperbaric Program
525 East 68th Street
Suite L-705
New York, NY 10021

Wanda See, NP

Monday, November 07, 2005

PFO Closure Information added to web pages

The following information has been added to these web pages:

Patent Foramen Ovale - A button closure (Amplatzer) is performed trans venously without entering the chest. Four weeks after the surgery, another echocardiogram is done to verify that the device is still in position.

After two-three weeks there is an overgrowth of endothelial cells covering the device, reducing the risk of infection.

After six to eight weeks the connective tissue has completely filled the spaces in the device and it becomes invisible to ultrasound. Return to diving is usually in six weeks (Wilmshurst), given the full recovery to the satisfaction of the cardiologist/surgeon. Others require a longer wait of twelve weeks.

See article by Wilmshurst, et al at .

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Louisiana Facilities Closed

Hyperbaric Facilities have closed down at the St. Charles Hospital in New Orleans. The Slidell Hyperbaric facilities will close on November 11, 2005.

Dr. Mark Silady writes to provide us with this information concerning these two facilities damaged during Hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans

St. Charles General Hospital
New Orleans, Louisiana
Medical Directors:
Monica Van Every, M.D. (Hyperbaric Medicine)
Paul G. Harch, M.D. (Hyperbaric Medicine & Hyperbaric Fellowship)
Keith Van Meter, M.D., FACEP (Emergency & Hyperbaric Medicine)
504-896-3186 (Hyperbaric Dept.)
504-896-3143 (FAX)

*This chamber is closed.


Slidell Memorial Hospital and Medical Center
1001 Gause Blvd
Slidell, LA. 70458
(985) 643-2200 ext. 7610
FAX (985) 649-8580
Mark F. Silady, M.D.
Kumar A
Keith Van Meter, M.D.

* This chamber will close November 11, 2005.

Our web page has been corrected to include this information.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Bermuda Hyperbaric Resources web page updated

Thanks to Phil Frazier, the Bermuda web page has been updated to reflect this new information:

Medical Director:
Dr. Edward A. Schultz, MD, FACEP
Dr Shultz is also board qualified with the College of Hyperbaric Medicine.

Assistant Medical Director
Dr. Roslyn Bascome-Adams, MD

Consultants to Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine
Dr. Basil Wilson, MD, CHT

Dr. Carol Ferris, MD, CHT

Dr. Peter Babeckas, MD

Dr. Peter Malan, MD

Clinical Co-ordinator
Lorraine Beasley, SRN, CHT

Hyperbaric Nurse
Mary Blakemore, RN BSc

Change in the information for French Hyperbaric Resources

The link in French Hyperbaric Facilities has changed and should be:
for the welcome page

and / or
for the direct listing of civilian facilities

for the direct listing of military facilities

If you have any further questions, feel free to ask me


DR Olivier SIMON
MD, hyperbaric physician
member of MEDSUBHYP
CHU de Nice - Hôpital Pasteur
30, avenue de la voie romaine
BP069 - 06002 Nice cedex 1
TEL: +