St.Kitts Dive Institute, Bay Rd. (Sept 1st 2016):-The recent installation and commissioning of Two Hyperbaric Chambers on St.Kitts is already paying heavy dividends and is being lauded by Nationals and in particular Divers. Director of Maritime Affairs Mr. Maclean Hobson is giving high praises to the commissioning of the Chambers and has indicated that already the Chambers are paying dividends and saving lives .
“ As a Coast Guard Officer, I cannot count the number of times we had to transport local divers suffering from the ” bends ” or decompression sickness developed while diving for treatment in the decompression chambers in Saba. Some of these divers most of whom I know personally literally died before, during and after treatment while others
such as my good friend Philbert Hanley a.k.a “Butt’ of Ponds Pasture developed permanent injuries and cannot work again in life. Today, I am extremely pleased to say that we are now in a position to treat local scuba divers suffering from the bends right here in St.Kitts at no cost to them. In fact, Geron Buchanan and Mervin Maynard, two of our local scuba divers were the first to benefit from top class treatment delivered at the decompression chambers of CDA Technical Institute of the West Indies located temporarily at the C.A Paul Industrial Site after they were both referred to the dive school for treatment by the J.N.F Hospital,” said Director of Maritime Affairs Maclean Hobson
“It is my understanding that having completed diving beyond 100 feet in one case and 120 feet in another, both divers exhibited symptoms of decompression sickness (DCS) and were placed in the decompression chambers where they were treated and handed back over to the J.NF Hospital. According to the Dive Medical Officer (DMO) at the school ” lack of immediate treatment to both divers could’ve resulted in permanent injuries or death,” said Hobson
Hobson concluded “The establishment of CDA Technical Institute of the West Indies in St.Kitts came at the right time and is truly saving lives before our eyes.”
The bends, also known as decompression sickness (DCS) or Caisson disease occurs in scuba divers or high altitude or aerospace events when dissolved gasses mainly nitrogen come out of solution in bubbles and can affect just about any body area including joints, lungs, heart, skin and brain.