We've donated a Nitrox analyser

DMS on an expedition in the Maldives

DMS Diving Club on an expedition to the Maldives

[08/01/15] Analox Military Systems have donated a portable nitrox analyser to the Defence Medical Services (DMS) Diving Club.

DMS diving club are based at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Birmingham and offer a variety of courses for divers in the Defence Medical Services.

As well as courses, the club have also organised overseas expeditions for injured service personnel and healthcare professionals.

The aim of these expeditions is to allow injured personnel to undertake a physically and mentally demanding activity without restriction in the weightless environment of sub-aqua diving.

It also allows them to explore the underwater world with their healthcare professionals as equals, where they were once carer and patient.

DMS diving club have so far organised three successful overseas expeditions, and their latest trip was to the Red Sea, Sudan, which was attended by doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and wounded, injured and sick (WIS) personnel diving together.

During their latest trip they identified the need for a nitrox analyser, as they intend to dive using tanks of nitrox for future expeditions. Nitrox is usually a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen, with an oxygen concentration higher than the 21% found in normal air.

To help them on future trips, Analox has donated an O2EII Pro nitrox analyser to the club, which is small, portable and battery operated. It can be used to check the concentration of oxygen within a dive gas mix directly at the tank.

The reduced percentage of nitrogen is advantageous for divers as it reduces the nitrogen uptake in the body’s tissues, meaning the less nitrogen there is in a diver’s breathing gas, the slower their nitrogen absorption will be at a given depth. Monitoring the oxygen levels within a gas mix can determine an entire dive plan, allowing a diver to identify the depth, time and decompression stages allowing for a carefree dive.

Jo Burke, Key Account Manager, said: “We received a request from the DMS diving club for a nitrox analyser, and as we manufacture the O2EII we were more than happy to oblige. The DMS diving club will now be able to identify the amount of the oxygen in their gas mix and plan their dives more efficiently. We hope to see them using our analyser for many years to come.”

Henrietta Poon, Specialty Registrar, West Midlands Deanery, said: “Diving on nitrox would bring an extra safety margin for our divers, especially in remote areas. Having our own analyser will allow us to test the supplied mix with confidence. We are extremely grateful to Analox for their generous donation and are looking forward to using our analyser on our future expeditions.”

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