NARD Diving Medicine

Medical Corner

The Medical Corner is the place we will try to discuss all the needs of the Dive Team as it pertains to Emergency Medicine. Well go over the latest treatments and give you ideas on what you can do to better your skills and practice.

  Drownings
  • Preventing drowning accidents is one of the number one reasons dive teams are established.

  Filed Expedient First Aid
  • When operating without a first aid kit, or caught with more victims than your kit can provide for, you can use items you already have

 The History and Physical
  • In the field, the Paramedic or E.M.T. are the eyes and ears of the physician. Knowing what happens from onset, to the time the victim gets to the ER can save a victim's life.

 Oxygen Poisoning
  • Oxygen at an elevated partial pressure may have a toxic effect.

 Pneumothorax
 Mediastinal Emphysema
 Subcutaneous Emphysema
 Nitrogen Narcosis
  • Rapture of the Deep - It's more common than ever.

 Air Embolism (Arterial Gas Embolism)
 Decompression Sickness (The Bends)
 Recompression
  • Getting to a chamber and how DAN works. Don't be caught short.

 Basics Of A Dive Accident
  • It is imperative that a rescuer be able to quickly and accurately distinguish the root cause of any victim. Several sign and symptoms for different maladies are the same or similar. Only by conducting a good patient evaluation and history can the rescuer be able to accurately treat the victim.

 Marine Life
  • Advise on the Treatment for: Jellyfish, Portuguese Man-of-War, Sea Wasp, Stingrays

 Bites And Lacerations
  • Sharks, Mammals and others that bite.

 Snake Bites
  • Treatment for Rattlesnake, Coral Snake, Cotton Mouth and others

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