Scuba Diving First Aid by National Safety Council

By National Safety Council

First relief for scuba diving accidents is exclusive; techniques range from and, in a few cases, even contradict common first relief ideas. an individual who could have a necessity to supply first relief to an injured scuba diver should still get to grips with the approaches contained during this publication. This new textual content, commonly reviewed via famous scuba diving physicians and diving clinical technician running shoes, is perfect for educating scuba diving first relief.

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The current recommendation concerning the Durant position is not to use it. Rationale for the position is not well documented. You must have a backboard with straps to maintain the correct positioning. Strapping may increase intrathoracic pressure and force bubbles through the circulation. More reasonable positions are flat on the back or on the left side. Place unconscious casualties who can breathe on their left sides to minimize the possibility of aspiration if regurgitation, a common event, occurs.

Moving the head risks permanent injury, but the casualty will die without air. After getting the casualty upright and stabilized, all you can do is wait for professional assistance unless you have a backboard available and know how to use it. When you do have a board and can secure the casualty to it, you should be able to carry the person from the water and pro- Proficiency Checklist: Aquatic Neck and Spine Injury 1. Call for response. 2. Approach casualty without making waves. 3. Check responsiveness of casualty.

A hammock carry (see NSC First Aid and CPR, Level 2) is a reasonable alternative if you do not have a stretcher or backboard. If you are alone, have sufficient strength, and can avoid hurting yourself, you may use a cradle carry. You may also use various rescue drags, which are good because they keep casualties horizontal. General Care Primary Survey General first aid procedures for an injured diver are identical to those for any emergencythe ABCs. Survey the scene and the casualty. Check responsiveness.

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