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Marine injuries FAQ
April 6th, 2018
Good medical practice benefits tremendously from mutual trust and good communication. Let the doctor examine you and ask questions, and trust him or her — no dive-specific medical knowledge is needed ...  Read More
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Lung squeeze while freediving FAQ
April 6th, 2018
Immersion pulmonary edema (IPE), is a multifactorial condition, largely a net effect of increased central blood volume, pressures within the chest and, for compressed-gas divers, increased breathing...  Read More
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Vasovagal Syncope unpredictable FAQ
April 6th, 2018
Vasovagal syncope are brought on by basic Valsalvamanoeuvres. These are very common in diving, as they are used to equalise pressure in the middle ear during descent to depths as shallow at 5-10 feet...  Read More
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Incident report procedure FAQ
April 6th, 2018
DAN medical information specialists and researchers answer your questions about dive medicine.I would like to report an incident for your statistical database and other uses. Do you have a standard me...  Read More
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Diving when in Remission
April 6th, 2018
It’s important that all divers be free from any distracting or disabling symptoms. Second, it is important that you and your physician confirm that you are not only in good health but also have good ...  Read More
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Diving after knee surgery FAQ
April 6th, 2018
After successful arthroscopic knee surgery the most important thing is allowing an adequate period to heal and completing rehabilitation before returning to diving....  Read More
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Nasal Decongestants FAQ
September 7th, 2017
​I'm a beginner diver, and I have difficulty equalizing my ears. I have heard that I shouldn't dive if I use nasal decongestants, but is it safe to dive if I use nasal steroids? It is very common for ...  Read More
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Stapedectomy FAQ
September 7th, 2017
​I recently had a stapedectomy. Can I dive? What are the risks? ​Ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeons trained in dive medicine differ in their opinions regarding the wisdom of diving after a stapedecto...  Read More
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DCS Effects FAQ
September 7th, 2017
​Why do the effects of decompression sickness (DCS) last longer than the 12 to 18 hours it takes to offgas? Do the bubbles that cause DCS lead to other problems in the body that last longer? If that's...  Read More
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AED Safety FAQ
September 7th, 2017
​While checking out the safety gear available on a dive boat, I noticed an automated external defibrillator (AED) among the first-aid equipment. Is it safe to use an AED around water? How about on a m...  Read More
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Pulmonary Stenosis FAQ
September 7th, 2017
​I am 48 years old and have moderate hypertension. I was diagnosed with pulmonary stenosis, which was surgically corrected. The pulmonary valve, however, is allowing some blood to leak, permitting bac...  Read More
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Back Pain FAQ
September 7th, 2017
​I have a student who has a neurostimulator for back pain. What exactly is a neurostimulator, and are there any implications for diving? Neurostimulators are surgically implanted devices that have som...  Read More
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