Mediastinal Emphysema

Mediastinal emphysema is the result of gas expanding into the tissues in the center of the chest. Symptoms include mild to moderate pain in the center of the chest. Often depicted as, a dull ache, or feeling of tightness. This discomfort becomes worse with deep inhalation and may radiate to the neck, back or shoulder. […]

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Pneumothorax

Pneumo means: air; lung. Thorax is the chest cavity. Together pneumothorax means air is in the chest or pleural cavity where it is not supposed to be, outside the lungs. The most common cause of pneumothorax is trauma. When seen in a diver the rescuer must assume the cause to be air embolism. There is […]

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Oxygen Poisoning

Oxygen at an elevated partial pressure may have a toxic effect. Surplus oxygen affects the central nervous system (CNS) or the pulmonary system during extended exposure, as in medical therapy. Ordinary air is 21% oxygen at 1 ATM, or sea level with a pressure of 3.09 psi (Dalton’s Law 21% of 14.7 = 3.09). Oxygen […]

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History And Physical Examination

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 Emergency Room can save a victim’s life. Accomplishing a good PATIENT ASSESSMENT is one of the most important skills a provider can have. A patient assessment is […]

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Field 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 diving mask can be used as a small splint or sling. All divers should carry knives for cutting, but if needed the glass of a mask may be used. […]

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Instruction & Learning

Before any team can go into operation they must first be trained. All new members coming on a team must be trained to the Team’s standards. Finally the team must have an on going continuing education program to maintain proficiency and remain up to date. Every member must be a competent instructor. This is because […]

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