After a long and accurate phase of tests, an innovative research project originating from a collaboration between DAN Europe, Neos, and Albatros Top Boat is ready for landing.
The objective: to monitor the presence of gas bubbles in divers during a return flight after diving. For this reason, DAN Europe researchers will be on board some of the vessels of the Neos fleet, conducting ultrasound exams for those interested.
“Flying Bubbles” is the name of the study, the first and only of its kind in the world, promoted by DAN (Divers Alert Network) Europe, an international foundation for dive safety research with over 100,000 members in Europe. DAN’s research division, always active in the detection of post-dive bubbles, has asked Neos to collaborate in the exploration of this aspect of travelling and diving that until now has remained unknown. Divers nowadays are in fact the perfect epitomes of a globetrotter: always in movement, ready for anything in the pursuit of their passion. It may happen that some ignore or overlook the recommendations regarding no-fly time, that is to say, the minimum interval of time recommended between a dive and flying, and they embark too soon, thus increasing the risk of DCS – Decompression Sickness.
To avoid the formation of gas bubbles, divers who travel by plane after a dive must respect the intervals of safety. Reliable studies in this field have been conducted by DAN, and it is advised to wait at least 12 hours after a single dive within the safety curve, and 24 hours after a series of dives or a dive with decompression.
These recommendations are based on observations made pre and post-dive and on mathematical calculations. Though until now, researchers have not had access to fundamental physiological data, like that which is taken
from monitoring in flight. Thanks to this development, it has become possible to conduct research and make contact with a prestigious aeronautic partner who believes in the project, collaborating in the areas of logistics
and management. DAN Europe will manage the technical/scientific aspects, with an outlook on research that is always more in-depth and “participative.”
The detection of bubbles using ultrasound during flight, as carried out by the “Flying Bubbles” project, represents a step further toward greater safety for those explorers of the abyss; those who are also air travellers, and much more. The project’s first meeting is planned for the end of November, when DAN researchers will go with a group of divers
on a cruise consisting of dives and research in the Maldives, organised by Albatros Top boat.
DAN is one of the world leaders in medical and scientific research on diving safety. The results obtained by the researchers have become a point of reference for the
international medical scuba diving community.
Commitment to Scientific ResearchThe studies conducted by DAN Europe investigate various aspects of diving activity. Some examples are:
• Gathering data on and analysing circulating gas bubbles.
• The economy of decompression: identification of the best ascent profile.
• Investigating the causes of unexplained diving incidents.
• Stress in recreational diving.
• PFO (Patent Foramen Ovale) and risk of DCI (Decompression Illness).
• Asthma, diabetes and diving.
• Physiology and pathophysiology of breath-hold in adults and children.
• Air travel after diving.
• Rebreather diving physiology.
DAN Diving Safety Laboratory (DSL)
DAN DSL (Diving Safety Laboratory) is a real mobile research laboratory, making all the necessary tools for field diving data gathering available.
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DAN has challenged the scuba diving community, in a unique way: to achieve greater understanding on diving conditions with the help and active participation of scuba divers themselves.
Volunteers from every country in Europe have been involved in collecting data according to scientifically and epidemiologically appropriate methodologies.
Thus, the DAN Diving Research Laboratory database is collecting and analysing hundreds of thousands of real
dives, which allow investigation on a number of different aspects of diving safety.
Decompression Sickness (DCS) is a pathology of decompression that is caused by the formation of bubbles within the bloodstream or in tissues that result when inert gas (nitrogen) is not eliminated, and that can have even