Posts with the category “dive-safety-faq”

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Manage you Heartburn
December 12th, 2019
With severe reflux there is a risk of aspirating food or acid into the lungs or respirator when diving which is incredibly serious. ...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Sea Urchin Puncture wounds
December 1st, 2019
When a sea urchin spine puncture involves a joint, promptly seek medical attention at the time of injury. ...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Predisposition to Pulmonary Barotrauma
December 1st, 2019
Since barotrauma can occur with hyperinflation of lung tissue, a diver’s lungs must be able to tolerate rapid changes in volume and pressure....  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Broken bones healed
December 1st, 2019
Opportunistic micro-organisms in salt water and untreated water from sources such as lakes, rivers and quarries exponentially increase the risk for infection. ...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Diving after Chiropractic adjustments
November 30th, 2019
Some people might experience complications or side effects for a few days following a chiropractic adjustment...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Wetsuits and heat stress
November 30th, 2019
Spending a prolonged time on the deck of a dive boat or onshore while dressed in a wetsuit, prior to entering the water can cause heat stress and exhaustion....  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Advice, Support and a Lifeline
November 30th, 2019
From across the world, DAN constantly assisted me throughout the entire ordeal from the moment I contacted them. When I arrived home, the DAN doctor saw me in person to follow up about my DCS. DAN’s e...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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When should I call my Doctor?
November 30th, 2019
If you had health issues before the dive, it is possible that postdive symptoms are related to your preexisting condition. Distinguishing between DCI and unrelated health issues in postdive symptoms i...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Air Hoses: A Closer Look
October 3rd, 2019
In our ongoing effort to learn more about these hose failures, we consulted the manufacturers. A major supplier expressed great concern about the reports and asked that we share as much information wi...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Marine Life injury
September 5th, 2019
It is not unusual to experience delayed symptom onset. Some divers have obvious initial symptoms that resolve and then manifest again days later. Dermatologists refer to this as a delayed hypersensit...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Retinal Detachment
September 4th, 2019
A retinal detachment is very serious and should be treated urgently due to the risk of permanent vision loss in the affected eye....  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Vaping and Diving
September 4th, 2019
The residuals of incomplete burning (carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide) are not the major concern in electronic cigarettes, but vapor does contain putative carcinogens ) and toxicological compounds. ...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Extended dive times at depth
June 13th, 2019
Using enriched air Nitrox (EAN) as a decompression gas starting on the deco stops will add oxygen to your decompression phase and speed up nitrogen elimination...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Crohn's disease and Diving
June 13th, 2019
Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Guidelines for Flying after diving
June 13th, 2019
As more divers fly with symptoms than develop symptoms during or after flight, flying with symptoms may be a greater health problem than symptoms that occur during or after flight. This is an educatio...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Aural Hygiene
May 25th, 2019
People are aware of their ears in many ways. Some people perceive the wax in their ears as a hygiene issue and overzealously clean it out This can cause problems of it own. Taking care of your ears be...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Diving with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
May 25th, 2019
The location of your dive directly correlates to the amount and severity of risks you are taking if anything goes wrong....  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Diving after Kidney Donation
May 25th, 2019
The concern with diving after donating a kidney is the same as with any abdominal surgery: You must allow a sufficient amount of time for healing not only the external surgical site but also the abdom...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Cannabis & Diving
March 27th, 2019
Cannabis/ marijuana has been known to man for thousands of years.  It is believed to have originated in central Asia some 12,000 years ago and that it was widely used by Neolithic times for its protei...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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The Nitrogen Saturation Myth
February 7th, 2019
Efforts to determine the origin of this misunderstanding have thus far proven unsuccessful. Similarly, there are reports of chamber operators actually propagating this myth by offering routine “nitrog...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Get a Tattoo
February 6th, 2019
Your tattoo artist will tell you how to properly care for the site of the tattoo and how to prevent infection. ...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Diving after joint replacement surgery
February 6th, 2019
Any return to physical activity after surgery depends on complete recovery. Your surgical incisions need to be completely healed, and any complications such as infections must be resolved. To safely d...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Diving and regular exercise
April 11th, 2018
Some runners run every day regardless of other activities. The first recommendation for such people is that they dive very conservatively. This advice is by itself a problem since it is difficult to q...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Physiology of Decompresssion sickness FAQ
April 10th, 2018
DCS does not typically present with isolated swelling in a small joint such as a finger or toe. As in above-water activities, fingers are susceptible to a wide range of mechanical injuries in diving....  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Post Decompression sickness
April 9th, 2018
It is possible that residual sensitivity arising from the decompression insult is responsible for the subsequent symptoms....  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Oxygen ears FAQ
April 6th, 2018
Also known as middle-ear oxygen absorption syndrome, oxygen ear describes a gas volume imbalance in the middle ear after diving with breathing gas that has a higher oxygen fraction than air. The pheno...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Inert gas washout FAQ
April 6th, 2018
The deeper and longer the dive, the more gas accumulates. In cases of DCS, the inert gas load exceeds the tissues’ capacity, so bubbles form....  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Dive with orbital Implant FAQ
April 6th, 2018
DAN medics and researchers answer your questions about dive medicine.I lost one of my eyes in an accident. I have an opportunity to learn how to scuba dive, but I have heard that I would not be allowe...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Flying after pool diving FAQ
April 6th, 2018
Flying or travel to altitude after diving is a consideration for many divers...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Diving after Bariatric surgery FAQ
April 6th, 2018
DAN offers medical information and resources to allow the individual, and their medical doctor or surgeon, to make the most informed decision about diving-safety. There are a few factors to consider w...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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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
by DAN Medical Team
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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
by DAN Medical Team
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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
by DAN Medical Team
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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
by DAN Medical Team
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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
by DAN Medical Team
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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
by DAN Medical Team
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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
by Ryan Courtney
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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
by Ryan Courtney
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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
by Ryan Courtney
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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
by Ryan Courtney

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