Pressure Change and Barotrauma
How diving affects the body’s air-filled spaces
Live Event: Thursday, February 18, 2021 7PM ET
The pressure changes associated with diving have significant effects on the lungs, ears, sinuses and other gas-filled cavities of the human body. In this lecture, Matias Nochetto, M.D., discusses the mechanisms and outcomes of barotraumas in diving — from the mundane to the rare and bizarre. With a better understanding of how barotraumas happen, divers and dive professionals will be better able to both prevent and treat them.
Presented by Matias Nochetto, M.D.
Matias Nochetto, M.D., is the Director of Medical Services at DAN, where he has worked since 2006. He is co-director of the DAN-UHMS continuing medical education program and a faculty member of several national and international diving medicine courses and programs. He became a dive instructor (1999) during medical school, which led him to complete a three-year clinical and research fellowship in hyperbaric and diving medicine to combine the two passions.
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