Dr. Richard Moon, Medical Director of the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology, received a two-year $199,949 Subaward from Creare Inc., for an application entitled “Advanced Technologies for Reducing Decompression Obligation in Extreme Dives”.
The objective of this research project is to develop advanced technologies for management decompression sickness (DCS) during extreme military dives. Decompression sickness (DCS) is a physical manifestation of decompression stress (DS), defined as the physiologic response to dissolved gas coming out of solution into the venous circulation as a body moves from a high pressure to low pressure environment, such as surfacing from a dive. At present, the only measure of DS is the direct manifestation of symptoms (DCS). Duke will serve as the primary animal testing facility for the Phase II project using the swine model.