Posts with the category “dive-safety-tips”

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How to perform a Neurological Assessment
February 22nd, 2020
It is good practice to regard any neurological abnormality after diving as acute decompression illness. Notify a diving medical officer immediately....  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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How to perform One-rescuer CPR
February 22nd, 2020
Performing CPR and BLS on your own as a single rescuer can be extremely emotional and can take place in extremely confusing circumstances. ...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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How to perform a Deep Diver Rescue
February 18th, 2020
If an airway is not available, mouth-to-snorkel rescue breathing should be done. It will be easier to do than mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing in a choppy sea. Position yourself behind the diver. Ensur...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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How to manage Oxygen Deficiency (Hypoxia)
February 17th, 2020
Providing oxygen as quickly as possible, is good practice for treatment of hypoxia Techniques vary widely depending on the patient's condition, but may include oxygen by face mask or nasal cannula, m...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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How to manage Scombroid Poisoning
February 17th, 2020
Contamination due to improper preservation or canning allows bacteria entrance to the flesh of the fish. These bacteria break the histidine down to a poisonous amine called saurine, which has many of ...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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What to do when confronted by a shark
February 17th, 2020
Nothing compare to the exhilaration of seeing sharks underwater. Being on their level makes for exciting diving. All the more reason to be weel briefed and prepared for this encounter....  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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How to manage Malaria
February 17th, 2020
Malaria usually presents initially with flu-like symptoms: headaches, muscle and joint aches, and fever. Severe shivering attacks (rigors) and high fever then occur and recur in a cyclical pattern eve...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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How to Rescue a Distressed diver at the Surface
February 3rd, 2020
A guide as to the steps one should follow to assist a distressed diver at the surface....  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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How to manage Near-Drowning
February 3rd, 2020
Resuscitation should be continued until a doctor calls of the attempt because of definite death....  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Lithium-Ion Battery Safety
December 11th, 2019
To reduce the chances of catastrophic failure, manufacturers of products containing Li-ion batteries build in redundant safety features such as vents to release built-up gases, a circuit board to regu...  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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Travel Smarter: Plan for Medical Emergencies
November 13th, 2019
Knowing what to expect in an emergency, bringing the necessary equipment and taking preventive measures before you travel will not only improve possible outcomes in the event of an incident but coul...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Equipment Maintenance
October 3rd, 2019
Equipment failures can happen anywhere, especially if we neglect to understand the potential for failure. Routinely servicing your equipment will help keep your business thriving by ensuring the safet...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Fire Safety In the Dive Industry: Part 1
October 3rd, 2019
While prevention is key, being aware, prepared, trained and equipped will ensure the best possible outcome in a fire. Do not try to be brave; if you are unsure, untrained or responsible for others, ev...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Fire Safety in the Dive Industry: Part 2
October 3rd, 2019
Preventing fires is paramount, but we need to be prepared to deal with fire emergencies when they occur....  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Emergency Planning: Practicing the Plan
October 3rd, 2019
Your team needs to understand the situation and be able to prioritize actions when faced with emergencies. While risk will always be present, improved knowledge, understanding and preparedness remain ...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Emergency Planning: What Makes a Good Plan?
October 3rd, 2019
Focus on the major risks — those that will have the biggest impact on the operation and that may cause injuries, fatalities or major loss to property. ...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Protect your Environment
September 30th, 2019
Dive businesses, professionals, divers and the broader dive community should be aware of the harm their activities could cause. Pollution, damage, invasion by non-endemic life-forms, removal of protec...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Piston or diaphragm: Does it matter?
September 26th, 2019
The most important factor in a properly working regulator is not what you use but how you use it. Personal preference can guide your purchasing decision; modern regulators from a quality manufacturer ...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Nine factors that play a major role in a scuba diver’s dehydration
July 15th, 2019
Since blood is partially responsible for the transportation of nutrients and for gas exchange, thickened blood will affect the off-gassing of nitrogen and increase the risk of developing DCS....  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Emergency Underwater Oxygen Recompression
May 27th, 2019
Emergency underwater oxygen decompression is a procedure for remote areas only as is to be used in extreme cases where there is no decompression chamber available and only if divers are appropriately...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Your Dive Computer: Tips and tricks - PART 2
May 25th, 2019
Dive computers are wonderful at carrying out programmed mathematical computations, but they are blind to the many insights you may have before, during and between your dives. For example, your dive co...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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The Social Responsibility of Recreational SCUBA Diving - Part 2
February 3rd, 2017
​​​When pondering on an issue that affects the psychological character of man, I find the following excerpt from motor vehicle driving research undertaken, summing up human behaviour, as follows:   “I...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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The Social Responsibility of Recreational SCUBA Diving - Part 1
January 27th, 2017
​This thread started in response to comments received on Loss of Consciousness Underwater, and concerns that divers with undeclared medical problems are jeopardizing the safety of others. I truly app...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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How Good Is Your Emergency Plan
August 7th, 2016
​DAN is regularly contacted by divers seeking information for their Emergency Action/Assistance Plan (EAP). Generally the information is a collection of phone numbers and contact information. Based on...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Dive Fatality & Lobster Mini-Season Statistics
June 10th, 2016
By Divers Alert Network On average, Lobster Mini-Season results in two dive fatalities. This infographic shows you what you need to know to avoid becoming one of the numbers. ​Read more >......  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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How ocean pollution affects humans
June 10th, 2016
POLLUTION HAS PUT OUR OCEANS AT THE BRINK OF DISASTEREvery year more than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the ocean, but how does that affect humans and what can we do to stop this behaviour?...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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7 Things we did not know about the ocean
June 3rd, 2016
Yes, I suppose many of us may be wondering what the ocean is still hiding from us. Or perhaps we are so preoccupied with life that we don't really think about it until we read about it or see it on te...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Newsflash! Low Pressure Hose Deterioration
June 2nd, 2016
Crystallized nylon-hose interiors can cause regulator failures. Polymorphic crystallization inside hoses has recently emerged as a hazard divers should be aware of....  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Humanoid Robotic Diver
May 17th, 2016
From time immortal there was always a sense of wonder, and in a way dreaming, of a robot diver (avatar) that is impervious to depth, to explore the deep seas.​Click on this link to see the newest robo...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Petting sharks - a good idea?
May 17th, 2016
What do you think about this?​​http://www.viralnova.com/shark-petting/I recently saw this newsclip and, being a diver too, I was intrigued.So, would I go up to a shark and pet it? I don't think so... ...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Can I use my DAN membership to replace my medical aid plan?
April 21st, 2016
Firstly, DAN-SA is not registered as a medical scheme in terms of the Medical Schemes Act. As such. DAN-SA is actually legally prohibited from providing the services of a medical scheme as defined in ...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Speeding & Driving Behaviour
March 10th, 2016
​​“It would appear that the driving hazards and the high accident record are simply one manifestation of a method of living that has been demonstrated in their personal lives. Truly it may be said tha...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Cell Phones While Driving
March 2nd, 2016
One of the most popular ways of keeping contact with your dive buddies whilst on route to a diving destination is via text message, whatsapp or simply by phoning them. Beware that current legislation ...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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DAN - MEDIA WATCH - RESPECT THE SEA
February 18th, 2016
​ The details of the report are posted here (THE FOOTAGE IS QUITE GRAPHIC AND SENSITIVE VIEWERS ARE CAUTIONED) Some of us may remember the fatal attack on Monique Price on 24 June 1990 near Mosselbay....  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Lung Squeeze & DCI in Breath-Hold Diving
February 17th, 2016
​Dr Danilo Cialoni is a medical doctor and champion Breath-hold diver. He is also a leading researcher in Breath-hold diving and Echocardiography.His work with the DAN Europe Foundation has played a s...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Xenophobic Retaliation
April 20th, 2015
​“This is an urgent message to all DAN members that are planning to go on dive trips to Mozambique. Various social media reports indicate that xenophobic attacks are taking place on vehicles that bear...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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DMT Training in South Africa
March 2nd, 2015
​DAN Southern Africa frequently gets requests to offer “DMT”training. The term, DMT stands for Diving Medical Technologist (DMT). Unfortunately, this term is a bit ambiguous and the purpose of this in...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Buddy Systems & the deception of good viz
February 19th, 2015
What's wrong with this picture...? No, not the composition... What is wrong with the divers in the picture...? There doesn't seem to be a Buddy System in place, does there...?This picture was taken in...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney

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