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Divers tour Phoebe's Hyperbaric chamber

By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Many of you may already be planning a summer vacation. And if you're heading to the beach, you might consider scuba diving.

The sport can be exciting, but it can also lead to decompression sickness.

That's why Phoebe Putney Hospital wants to get the word out about it's Hyperbaric Chamber.

Divers who suffer from what's called the "bends" can go into the chamber and get their body functions back to normal.

Several dive enthusiasts showed up Tuesday afternoon to tour the chamber and learn about potential dangers associated with decompression sickness.

"About 92 - 95% of the symptoms will happen within the first 12 hours, 98% of the symptoms will happen within the first 24 hours. So if you're diving and you surface and you have symptoms such as pain, numbness, shortness of breath, weakness in your legs or arms, or confusion while you're surfacing - or you get them within the first 12 hours of when you surface, it's best to consult medical advice," said Dr. Thomas M. Bozzuto, Phoebe Hyperbaric Center.

Dr. Bozzuto is one two full time physicians at Phoebe who specialize in decompression sickness.

The Hyperbaric Chamber is the only one of its kind between Atlanta and Tallahassee.

For more info on decompression sickness and important scuba diving tips click here.

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