Is a medical certificate of fitness necessary also for scuba divers? Dr. Scacchetti joined our staff

The staff of the Hyperbaric Centre of Ravenna boasts a new member, Dr. Scacchetti. Graduated in Medicine and Surgery, with a Specialization in Sports Medicine, his passion for the world of diving started when he was in University. In the next months he will work together with the doctors of the Hyperbaric Centre of Ravenna. We interviewed him to know him better.

You will become part of the staff of the Hyperbaric Centre of Ravenna. Which will be your role?

I’m really happy to start my activity at the Hyperbaric Centre. It’s an exciting and dynamic environment. I’ll deal with visits and the issue of the certificate of fitness for competitive sports, such as underwater activities. There are a lot of swim schools that organize courses to obtain the scuba divers patent. In these cases also a certification is required. It is not only for those who perform agonistic activity: indeed, also those who want to practice recreational diving can take the same visit to be more comfortable in their own physical conditions.

You have a degree in sports medicine and a great passion for diving. Who encouraged you to take this specialization?

I graduated in Sports Medicine in 1985 with a dissertation on gas embolism in scuba divers. Arterial gas embolism is a serious decompression disease that often occurs in scuba divers, which is characterised by gas bubbles presence in blood circulation. In my dissertation I examined in depth both causes and emergency treatment of this disease. The reason why I chose this field of specialization is my great passion for any kind of sport: in other words I combined business with pleasure. As regards the world of diving, everything began by an interest of scientific-academic nature, which developed into a great passion not only professional, but also personal. Indeed, I obtained several licenses and I’m fond of diving.

As a sports medicine doctor, what do you intend to do and what would you like to do for the lovers of diving at the Hyperbaric Centre of Ravenna?

It is certainly important to take sport suitability tests. In addition to this, I would like to provide healthcare assistance directly in the field both to scuba divers and/or underwater staff, in order to ensure that the activity is carried out in complete safety and intervene if necessary. During my career I have worked as a sports medicine doctor in remote places, such as Maldives and Zanzibar, where divers needed healthcare and visits.

Dear Doctor, welcome on board! We wish you good luck for your activity here at the Centre.

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