Recompression

There are two basic classes of diving emergency requiring recompression, air embolism (arterial gas embolism) and the Bends (decompression sickness). Air embolism is the most dangerous diving accident, and is an extreme medical emergency requiring immediate recompression. When a diving accident takes place, and recompression is required, the victim should be transported to a chamber. […]

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Subcutaneous Emphysema

Subcutaneous emphysema denotes air under the skin. It is typically seen in divers around the neck. In mild cases it may not even be noticed. When suffering form it the diver may feel a fullness around the neck, and have difficulty swallowing. There may be a noticeable swelling in the affected area. When palpating the […]

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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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Where to Start Looking

How Do You Know Where to Start Looking? Craig Nelson, Team Lifeguard Systems Whether you search with grappling hooks or divers, whether you search in fresh or salt water, or whether you operate in a rescue or recovery mode, there is one thing you need: a starting point to begin your search. Witness information often […]

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Two police divers injured during training exercise

June 19, 1997, News-Times Regional News Two police divers injured during training exercise MILFORD, Conn. (AP) – Two Milford police divers were injured, one critically, in a diving accident during routine training drills in Long Island Sound, authorities said. The officers, ages 34 and 41, apparently became entangled in debris around noon on Wednesday, said […]

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