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DAN's Oxygen Provider Course

DAN's Oxygen Provider Course

DAN´s Oxygen First Aid for Diving Injuries (Oxygen Provider) Course was designed to fill the void in oxygen first aid training available for the general diving public.

This course represents entry level training designed to educate the general diving (and qualified non-diving) public in recognizing possible dive related injuries and providing emergency oxygen first aid while activating the local emergency medical services (EMS) and/or arranging for evacuation to the nearest available medical facility.

In DAN´s most recent dive accident record, less than 33% of injured divers received emergency oxygen in the field.

Few of those received oxygen concentrations approaching the recommended 100%. 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.

Dr. Carl Edmonds, physician, international author, and lecturer on diving medicine states: "100% oxygen should be administered as immediate first aid and while transporting the patient to [treatment] facilities."

All DAN Oxygen Provider Course participants obtain the DAN Oxygen Provider Student Kit containing the DAN Oxygen Provider Student Workbook with background information about oxygen, oxygen equipment and oxygen administration techniques as learned during the DAN Oxygen Provider course and a non-rebreather mask.

Course Highlights

  • Introduction / Overview
  • Course Objectives
  • Mechanisms of Injury
  • Recognition of Dive Accidents
  • Review of Dive Emergency
  • Overview of Dive Accident Statistics
  • Benefits of Oxygen
  • Introduction to Oxygen Equipment
  • Skills Practice and Mastery
  • Final Examination
  • Review with Discussion
  • Certification

Course Prerequisites:

  • CPR Training from a nationally recognized agency recommended.
  • DAN membership recommended, but not required.
  • Junior diver certified participants are advised to be accompanied by their adult buddy.

Course Objectives:

  • Recognize signs and symptoms of a dive emergency requiring oxygen first aid.
  • State the benefits of providing oxygen to an injured diver.
  • State potential hazards of working with oxygen.
  • Assemble and deploy the DAN Oxygen Unit with skill and confidence.
  • Operation of the DAN Oxygen Unit including use of these oxygen delivery devices:
    • Demand inhalator valve and mask
    • Constant-flow, non-rebreather mask
    • Pocket Mask™ with supplemental oxygen inlet

  • Identify the four types of hazardous marine life injuries.
  • Name at least five venomous marine animals.
  • List five common warning signs of an envenomation.
  • Describe the appropriate first aid procedure for managing a venomous marine animal injury.
  • Name at least three aquatic animals that may bite a diver.
  • List two common warning signs of marine animal bite.
  • Describe the appropriate first aid procedure for managing a bite from a marine animal.
  • Name at least three marine animals that may cause irritations to the diver.
  • List at least four common warning signs of irritations.
  • Describe the appropriate first aid procedure for accidental contact with aquatic life.
  • Identify two common types of seafood poisonings.
  • Name at least three types of fish that can cause seafood poisoning.
  • List three common warning signs of seafood poisoning.
  • State the reason why evaluation by a medical professional is necessary when seafood poisoning is suspected.
  • Describe the appropriate first aid procedures for managing suspected seafood poisoning.
  • Perform a scene safety assessment.
  • List the steps in performing a scene safety assessment.
  • Assess the Airway, Breathing and Circulation (ABCs) of an injured diver.
  • Demonstrate a caring attitude towards a diver who becomes ill or injured.
  • Establish and maintain the Airway and Breathing (perform Rescue Breathing) for an injured diver.
  • Describe the importance of the use of supplemental oxygen as a first aid measure for injured divers.
  • Demonstrate the techniques for controlling bleeding including direct pressure, elevation and the use of pressure dressings and pressure points.
  • Locate and demonstrate the use of pressure points to control external bleeding.
  • Apply dressings and bandages to manage wounds caused by hazardous marine life.
  • Demonstrate an ongoing assessment and manage shock.
  • Demonstrate the pressure immobilization technique.
  • List the components of an Emergency Assistance Plan.
  • Describe at least five techniques or guidelines that minimize the risk of injury from marine animals.

The nature and scope of this course is limited to training divers and interested non-divers such as boat captains, water enthusiasts and non-diving family members to identify potential hazardous marine life; to provide first aid for a hazardous marine animal injury; and to prevent injuries caused by hazardous marine life. This course does not provide training for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or scuba diving rescue. The training exercises of this course presuppose that the ill or injured diver has already been brought to shore or is aboard the boat.

Skill Performance Objectives:

To successfully complete the DAN First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries course, participants must demonstrate skill and confidence providing first aid to injured divers who have simulated hazardous marine life injuries.

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