Catherine Buckland – Diving injuries and insults, the water phase

Catherine Buckland - Diving injuries and insults, the water phase

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Catherine talks us through some of the physiology to consider if dealing with a diving or post diving incident and chats us through some insults and injuries which may occur during or after a dive trip and how to assess and treat these as well as possible pathways for the patient. 

Top 3 Points from this podcast:
  • A beeping dive computer is bad = means the diver has done ‘something wrong’ on their dive
  • Try and get a ‘dive history’ uncontrolled ascents/descents will likely result in barotrauma 
  • Don’t assume that a shallow dive won’t result in an issue – arterial gas embolisms have occurred from as little as 1.2m 

The Scottish Hyperbaric emergency helpline   0345 408 6008 

 The British Hyperbaric emergency helpline   07831 151 523 

 Both are 24hrs, the rescue of course can be initiated through 999/ VHF CH 16.  

The UK Hyperbaric association 

The British Diving Safety Group, who aim to collaborate with all the agencies on safety matters in diving, have produced this helpful information on Preparation for a return to dive UK sites and seas. 

About Catherine:

Being born inland in the UK didn’t stop Catherine from developing a love for the water and sea. She began sailing at an early age and completed longer sea voyages as she got older. Her maritime interests meant it wasn’t a huge leap to start scuba diving.  

Catherine is a commercial diving instructor and diver medic based in Plymouth, on the south coast of England. Diving year-round, she trains commercial divers, including teams from the British Antarctic SurveyShe participates in various scientific, filmmaking and expedition projects around the globe. These challenging environments also utilise her skills as a medic and in handling complex logistics.  

Catherine’s work in Antarctica and the Arctic involves supervising divers in a harsh and demanding environment. Her years of experience in diving supervision are an added benefit to working in a location with very limited medical help. Catherine’s experience and dedication is focused on keeping the divers in her teams as safe as possible because when things do go wrong it is often in the most remote places possible.  


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