Emergency Dive Accident Management Training at Catalina

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Posted by Steven Barsky on January 12, 2009 at 13:13:51:

Emergency Dive Accident Management Training

The staff of the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber will be offering two courses in Emergency Dive Accident Management (EDAM) in 2009. The courses are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the medical aspects of diving and how dive accidents are treated. Diving instructors and guides, search and rescue personnel, and emergency medical personnel will find the programs of particular interest.
The EDAM course includes information on the types of equipment, events and circumstances that lead to diving accidents. Detailed information on decompression, lung over-pressure injuries, dive computers, narcosis, and technical diving issues are covered during the exciting 38-hour course. Also included are the field evaluation of dive accidents, communication procedures, and hyperbaric chamber treatment. Demonstrations are provided (weather permitting) by the L.A. County Baywatch Lifeguards and the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue team.
Lecturers during the course include:
• Karl Huggins, Program manager for the USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber
• Dr. Jeff Sipsey, M.D., Medical director USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber
• Mark Tulin, Ph.D., Supervisor USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber
• Lifeguard(s) from Los Angeles County Fire Dept.
The courses are offered only at the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber located at the Wrigley Marine Science Center on beautiful Catalina Island. This facility is operated by the University of Southern California and located in Big Fisherman Cove, adjacent to the Isthmus on Catalina. Participants live in the housing for the USC facility during the training. The USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber is part of USC, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.
Continuing education credit units are available for professionals who complete these courses. The organizations and credits offered include:
• CA Paramedics & MICNs: 22 California Pre-Hospital Care CEU's
• Institute of Continuing Education for Nurses: (California Board of Registered
Nursing Provider #00105) - 28.5 contact hrs.
• NBDHMT: 24 CMEs for DMTs.
• NAUI: 3.6 CEUs
Divers holding a current EMT certification may apply for NBDHMT Diving Medical Technician certification upon completion of EDAM and the Chamber Operations training.
The 2009 EDAM courses are being offered during the week of March 15-20 and July 19-24. Tuition for each of the courses is $650.00 including tuition, books, room and board. Participation is limited so early sign-up is highly recommended.
For more information, or to enroll in the course, check out the chamber’s web site at http://wrigley.usc.edu/hyperbaric/chamber. USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber, P.O. Box 5069, 1 Big Fisherman’s Cove, Two Harbors, CA 90704. Tel. (310) 510-4020.

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