ECHM Consensus conference, Lille, April 15-16

ECHM lille

Aankondiging 10th ECHM Consensus Conference on Hyperbaric Medicine
April 15-16th 2016,  Lille

The European Committee for Hyperbaric Medicine (ECHM) has in its objectives the continuous improvement in the quality of care and the safety in hyperbaric medicine. One of the tools used to reach this target is the organization of consensus conferences to issue widely accepted guidelines. Up to now, nine such conferences have been organized and their recommendations widely diffused.
Two of these consensus conferences were especially focused on the organization, indications and quality of care in Hyperbaric Medicine and have been organized in 1994 and 2004. Ten years after the last one, it is now time to review and update these guidelines according to the advance in medical knowledge and the experience gained in clinical practice during that period.
In 1994, the guidelines were elaborated by a jury from expert reports and discussion with the conference audience. In 2004, report of the guidelines was improved in grading the recommendations both by the level of evidence supporting the recommendation and the importance for practice of that recommendation. The this new guidelines, ECHM wishes to go a step further in reporting not only recommendations with their confidence level but also the evidence supporting the recommendation and how confident jury members are in that recommendation ( GRADE method).
To do so, ECHM selects well recognized experts in each field to elaborate a report on a topic with an exhaustive literature survey, a synthesis of the evidence and a proposal for recommendations on that topic. All the reports will circulate between the expert group and each expert will be asked to weight his agreement or disagreement with the proposed recommendations. During the conference, reports and expert opinions will be presented to the audience which will have an opportunity to discuss and amend the reports before final consensus.

Don’t miss the opportunity to have an input
in the ECHM guidelines
Attend the Lille Consensus Conference
the 15th-16th of April 2016

Een must have kerstcadeau voor de duikerarts

The Science of Diving

Het boek "The science of Diving. Things your instructor never told you" is een must voor op de boekenplank van iedere duikerarts.

Balestra en Germonpré hebben, met de diverse auteurs, een schat aan ervaring die opgedaan is binnen het Phypode project, vertaald naar een voor iedere duikerarts leesbare vorm. Dit is wat Professor Stephen R. Thom, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine er over schreef in zijn review":
"The editors and authors of this book are a cadre of scientists and physicians with broad experience and knowledge of diving physiology and decompression theory. As is often the case, it requires a group effort to succeed in advancing practical knowledge. The colloquialism “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” is often true and the PHYPODE Research Group epitomizes this concept. By logically grouping the various elements of diving science and medicine with provocative "food for thought" sections the text offers valuable lessons to those interested in the current state of diving. Despite nearly 170 years of research, the fundamental nature of decompression stress remains elusive. As is well outlined in this book, great advances have been made to the practical elements allowing for safe diving. Nonetheless, there are glaring voids of knowledge related to the nature of bubble nucleation, its consequences and methods to ameliorate risk. The synergy exhibited in this text not only provides a foundation for what is known, it offers a glimpse of where research is taking us".

Het boek is te bestellen bij,, of bij de DANeurope webshop.

SHF vermelding in nieuwe Edmonds


In de 5e en nieuwste druk van hèt standaardwerk binnen de duikgeneeneeskunde, "Diving and Subaquatic Medicine", wordt de Scott Haldane Foundation genoemd als een van de slechts 14 vermelde diving medical organizations and contacts world wide.

Oratie nieuwe hoogleraar duik- en hyperbare geneeskunde


Vrijdag de 6e november 2015, des namiddags om 4.00 uur, zal de Hooggeleerde Heer dr. R.A. van Hulst, vanwege de Koninklijke Marine/Commando Zeestrijdkrachten benoemd tot Bijzonder hoogleraar Anesthesiologie, in het bijzonder hyperbare en duikgeneeskunde, zijn hoogleraarsambt openlijk aanvaarden door het uitspreken van een rede, getiteld:

        Hyperbare en duikgeneeskunde; therapie onder druk

in de Aula der Universiteit van Amsterdam, ingang Singel 411, hoek Spui. Tot het bijwonen van deze plechtigheid worden alle beoefenaren van de wetenschap en alle belangstellenden uitgenodigd door de Rector Magnificus prof. dr. D.C. van den Boom.