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When Should I Call My Doctor?
May 21st, 2021
Photo by Lenetstan/Shutterstock If you notice health changes during or soon after a dive, you should assume that it is related to diving. The most likely culprit is decompression illness (DCI), the li...  Read More
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Dive Operations and COVID-19: Prepping for Return FAQs
May 21st, 2021
As more and more people are vaccinated and national and local lockdown orders are lifted, divers and dive business owners are eagerly returning to the water. The following Q&As have been compiled from...  Read More
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Medical Emergencies Abroad
May 21st, 2021
Best Practices for International Diving Incident PreparednessDivers have the unique opportunity to explore remote areas of our ocean planet. Unfortunately, a dive trip can quickly turn into a misadven...  Read More
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Dive Accident Coverage Vs. Medical & Travel Insurance: Do You Need Both?
May 21st, 2021
It is true that some medical insurance include cover for diving injuries. However, divers who have tried to go this route soon discover that it is not easy to work with a medical insurance when trying...  Read More
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Experience Matters
May 21st, 2021
By Cheryl Hughes After reading two recent Alert Diver articles — one by a woman who saved her husband in Cozumel and the other about how the simple act of saying some wise words may have saved another...  Read More
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Avoiding Panic After Regulator Failure
May 21st, 2021
Divers are responsible for doing a proper buddy check, having a plan for handling emergencies and making the decision to abort a dive if necessary. Photograph by Stephen Frink  By Nick UresinEditor’s ...  Read More
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Hose Failure
May 20th, 2021
Hose degradation is potentially an unseen hazard that you should consider during your predive check. (Please note that in the pictures shown, the failed hoses do not represent products supplied by the...  Read More
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Invisible Crystals
May 20th, 2021
By Francois Burman, Pr. Eng, MSc Scuba equipment failure or malfunction is a relatively rare factor in diving-related accidents and fatalities. When it does occur, the most common and hazardous malfun...  Read More
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Are 6351-T6 Alloy Scuba Cylinders Safe to Use?
May 20th, 2021
By Mark A. Gresham, President, PSI-PCI In recent months, two 6351-T6 alloy scuba cylinders ruptured, and evidence suggests the cause was sustained load cracking, a metallurgical anomaly. While those p...  Read More
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New Gear Orientation
May 20th, 2021
Whether you are renting or buying new gear, take time to become familiar with it before diving in open water. Photo by Stephen Frink By Jim Gunderson Whether you are a new diver buying your first set ...  Read More
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How To Clean Your Scuba Equipment
May 20th, 2021
The risk of acquiring a disease or infection from contaminated scuba equipment is low; however, there are many benefits to using clean, well-cared-for scuba equipment. Properly maintained dive gear ca...  Read More
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How Old Is Too Old
May 20th, 2021
By Francois Burman, Pr. Eng, MSc., and Peter Buzzacott, Ph.D., MPH Everyone loves the smell of a new car, but eventually the car develops problems, and you realize current models have new safety featu...  Read More
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Over-the-Counter Medications
April 22nd, 2021
By definition, over-the-counter (OTC) medications are the classification of drugs considered safe for consumer use based solely on their labeling. When used as directed, they present a minimum risk an...  Read More
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High-Pressure Ophthalmology
April 22nd, 2021
Our eyes normally exist in a world where the pressure around them is the result of the combined weight of all of the gases in the earth’s atmosphere. Diving exposes the eyes to increased pressure. Whi...  Read More
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Member to Member: Guidelines for Seniors
April 22nd, 2021
As divers get older, DAN® recommends getting annual physicals, staying active and fit, diving within physical limits and avoiding difficult or dangerous diving conditions.There is little concrete advi...  Read More
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Seasickness Prevention and Treatment
April 22nd, 2021
Some of the world’s best dive sites are accessible only by boat, and unfortunately seasickness prevents some scuba divers from visiting their dream destinations. Unmanaged seasickness will make any bo...  Read More
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Juggling Physical Exercise and Diving
April 16th, 2021
If you want to dive, you need to be ready. Readiness entails medical, psychological and physical fitness, appropriate knowledge and adequate physical skills. If you exercise regularly at an intensity ...  Read More
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Risk Factors For Heart Disease
April 16th, 2021
Heart health is essential to the safety of all divers, symptoms of heart conditions are often subtle or easily missed. In some cases, the first indication of a serious cardiac problem may be a heart a...  Read More
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Health Concerns for Divers Over 50
April 16th, 2021
Getting older doesn’t have to mean give up on diving, but divers over 50 should be aware of common medical issues that may interfere with safe diving. Heart disease, respiratory disease and musculoske...  Read More
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When to Consult a Health-Care Provider Before Engaging in Physical Activities
April 16th, 2021
Date: 15 December 2013 | Author Petar Denoble MD, DSc. Physical activity (PA) is beneficial for health, but the transition from a sedentary lifestyle to PA or a change in the level of habitual PA may ...  Read More
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Diving After Bariatric Surgery
April 16th, 2021
I’m an instructor, and I have a student who completed his pool sessions, but he had gastric bypass surgery before he could do his open-water dives. Before I allow him to continue with his training, I’...  Read More
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Fitness for Diving
April 16th, 2021
There are moments when scuba diving feels effortless: drifting over a shallow reef or descending through clear water toward a sandy bottom. But diving can also be strenuous — when swimming against a c...  Read More
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Diving after COVID-19: What We Know Today
April 15th, 2021
COVID-19 symptoms range from mild to severe. Some people have no symptoms at all while others require complicated stays in ICUs with ventilatory support to recover. In addition to the impact of the pr...  Read More
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Scuba Diving and Diabetes
April 15th, 2021
For many years the medical community discouraged people with diabetes from scuba diving. A Divers Alert Network® (DAN®) survey in 1996, however, revealed that nearly 200 of its members were divers wit...  Read More
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Your Lungs and Diving
April 15th, 2021
Date: 1 May 2017 | Author:By Jack Meintjes, MBChB, DOM, FCPHM(SA) Occ Med, MMed Diving imposes significant challenges to the respiratory system. Lung conditions are among the most common reasons peopl...  Read More
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Wisdom Tooth Extraction and Diving
April 15th, 2021
Wisdom teeth are permanent molars that usually emerge during the late teens or early twenties. It’s not uncommon for these teeth to be associated with pain or complications. Dentists often recommend h...  Read More
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Flying After Diving
April 15th, 2021
When flying after diving, the ascent to altitude increases the risk of decompression sickness (DCS) because of the additional reduction in atmospheric pressure. The higher the altitude, the greater th...  Read More
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Unexpected Weight Loss
April 15th, 2021
A dropped weight belt caused a runaway ascentReported StoryTowards the end of the dive, at about 6 m (20 ft) depth, my weight belt fell off (the buckle came loose from the strap). I exhaled and dumped...  Read More
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Unintended Rapid Ascent Due to Uncontrolled Inflation
April 15th, 2021
A runaway ascent ends the diving on a liveaboard holidayReported StoryDiving from a liveaboard near a remote island in South America, I was hanging out on a coral ledge at 93 fsw (28 msw) watching Ham...  Read More
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How to Avoid Rapid Ascents and Arterial Gas Embolism
April 15th, 2021
Decompression illness (DCI) is a term used to describe two conditions: decompression sickness (DCS) and arterial gas embolism (AGE). AGE is one of the most serious medical emergencies a diver may expe...  Read More
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Top 5 Factors That Increase Your Risk of the Bends
April 15th, 2021
The Bends, also known as decompression sickness (DCS) occurs when nitrogen bubbles form in the blood, often causing severe joint pain. The common name “The Bends” comes from an affected person doublin...  Read More
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Treating Decompression Sickness (The Bends)
April 15th, 2021
Decompression sickness (DCS) is one of the most common problems reported to Divers Alert Network® (DAN®). Although scuba diving accidents are rare, it’s important to know how to handle suspected cases...  Read More
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On-Site Neurological Examination
April 15th, 2021
Information regarding an injured diver’s neurological status will be useful to medical personnel not only for deciding the initial course of treatment but also in the effectiveness of treatment. Exami...  Read More
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Decompression Illness
April 15th, 2021
Author: Ed Thalmann, M.D. Decompression illness, or DCI, is associated with a reduction in the ambient pressure surrounding the body. DCI encompasses two diseases, decompression sickness (DCS) and art...  Read More
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Alternobaric Vertigo
April 15th, 2021
Alternobaric vertigo occurs during descent, ascent or immediately after surfacing from a dive and is caused by unequal pressure stimulation in each ear.Mechanisms of InjuryDuring an ascent, the air in...  Read More
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Middle-Ear Equalisation
April 15th, 2021
Middle-ear equalisation is a basic, essential diver skill that equalises the pressure in the sinuses and middle-ear spaces with the ambient pressure. To be a safe diver and avoid middle-ear injuries, ...  Read More
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Inner-Ear Barotrauma (IEBT)
April 15th, 2021
Inner-ear barotrauma is damage to the inner ear due to pressure differences, usually caused by incomplete or forceful equalisation. A leak of inner-ear fluid (perilymph fistula) may or may not occur. ...  Read More
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Sinus Barotrauma
April 15th, 2021
Sinus barotraumas are among the most common diving injuries. When the paranasal sinuses fail to equalise to barometric changes during vertical travel, damage to the sinus can cause sharp facial pain w...  Read More
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Mask Squeeze (Facial Barotrauma)
April 15th, 2021
OverviewMask squeeze (mask barotrauma or facial barotrauma) results from a failure to equalise the air space created between your mask and face. In most cases this is a relatively benign injury. It te...  Read More
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O’Neill Grading System
April 15th, 2021
The O’Neill grading system is a way to categorise the severity of middle-ear barotrauma (MEBT). It is simple and is intended to provide consistency in diagnosis with sufficient details to direct treat...  Read More
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