DAN and all major diving instructional agencies recommend that all divers be qualified to provide 100% oxygen in the field to those injured in a dive accident.
The DAN Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries Provider Course provides participants with training in the recognition of scuba diving illnesses and injuries that may benefit from oxygen first aid, and in techniques for the provision of oxygen to both breathing and non-breathing victims using a DAN Oxygen Unit or similar oxygen delivery system. The program consists of 2 elements of competency: Resuscitation and Oxygen Provider.
You will be trained in oxygen first aid procedures that should enable you to assist an injured or ill diver until medical aid is accessed. Topics include: basic anatomy & physiology, recognition & management of a dive accident, benefits of oxygen provision, hazards & precautions, oxygen equipment and the use of a DAN Oxygen Unit.
At the end of the course participants will be familiar with the signs and symptoms of major diving injuries, including near drowning and decompression illnesses (arterial gas embolism and decompression sickness
Course participants will be able demonstrate proper deployment, assembly, disassembly and use of all components of the DAN Oxygen Unit. This includes use of the demand inhalator valve/mask, constant flow (delivering oxygen up to 25 lpm) non-re breather mask and oronasal resuscitation mask with supplemental oxygen inlet. In addition participants will be able to
- Assess the scene and oxygen provider safety
- Deploy and operate a DAN Oxygen Unit
- Select and prepare the appropriate oxygen mask
- Operate the DAN Oxygen Unit and using these oxygen delivery services: Demand inhalator valve & Mask, Constant Flow, non-re breather mask, Oronasal resuscitation mask with supplemental oxygen inlet