Forum – Dive Medicine

Diving puts considerable stress on one’s cardiovascular system, ears, and lungs. Unexpected events while diving, diminished functional reserve, and pre-existing medical illnesses increase the risk of a diving accident. As such, a properly conducted medical examination to determine diving fitness, followed by appropriate counselling, can make a life-threatening diving accident less likely and more enjoyable. This forum will help divers understand the best practice methods to apply before and during a dive.

Lieutenant colonel, Dr. Clement Limus Apong

Dr. Clement is a diving and hyperbaric medicine specialist with international training and experience. He served as a Diving Medical Officer in the Malaysian Armed Forces for 13 years, stationed mainly in Sabah where most diving activities and cases took place. Transferred to Hospital Tuanku Mizan KL in 2012, he continued to see diving cases in West Malaysia. In 2015, he left the service to join a private practice and recently started a hyperbaric facility, Klinik Clement, which continues to treat divers.

Major Dr. Divya Panicker

Medical Director of Askina Hyperbaric Healthcare Centre

An experienced medical doctor specialised in clinical hyperbaric medicine, underwater medicine, emergency, and trauma, Dr. Panicker is a former Diving Medicine Officer in the Malaysian Navy and has extensive training in diving and hyperbaric medicine, disaster training and adaptive medicine focused on trauma management with limited resources. Experienced in teaching, supervising and evaluating divers, Dr. Panicker is also experienced in treating injured divers and receives divers regularly in Askina Hyperbaric Healthcare Center.

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