Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
DAN’s Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries course was designed to fill the void in oxygen first aid training available for the general diving public.
This course represents entry-level training designed to educate the general diving (and qualified non-diving) public in recognising possible dive-related injuries and providing emergency oxygen first aid while activating the local emergency medical services (EMS) and/or arranging for evacuation to the nearest available medical facility.
In DAN’s most recent dive accident record, less than 33% of injured divers received emergency oxygen in the field. Few of those received oxygen concentrations approaching the recommended 100%. DAN and all major diving instructional agencies recommend that all divers be qualified to provide 100% oxygen in the field to those injured in a dive accident.
The course is designed to train and educate the general diving public in the techniques of using oxygen as first aid for a suspected dive injury. In addition, this course will introduce novice divers to the fundamentals of recognising diving injury warning signs, administering the appropriate responses and patient management. This programme also provides an excellent opportunity for experienced divers and instructors to continue their education.
The DAN Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries course is not designed to train lay persons to provide oxygen to the general public. While the medical standards and equipment are the same regarding the emergency use of oxygen for both divers and nondivers, the DAN Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries course does not prepare individuals to respond to the ill or injured member of the general public by using emergency oxygen.