Posts with the category “dive-safety-faq”

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Acoustic Neuroma
July 3rd, 2020
When considering diving, there are several issues to address: preexisting partial deafness and the risk of complete hearing loss due to barotrauma, physical or functional impairments that may interfer...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Hip Fractures
July 3rd, 2020
The industry standard for a return to diving after any fracture is for your doctor to release you for full and unrestricted activity, including contact sports, and then have an additional convalescent...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Aluminium Exposure
July 3rd, 2020
There is no way to detect aluminium oxide in a tank other than opening the tank to inspect it. You can try to prevent your exposure by always using your own tanks...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Diving at Altitude
July 3rd, 2020
Many dive computers have a barometer or pressure sensor that samples the pressure when you turn them on at the dive site. A drawback to this feature is it senses the pressure of only where you are....  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Lung squeeze under cold diving conditions
June 17th, 2020
Immersion Pulmonary Edema (IPE) is a multifactorial condition, largely a net effect of increased central blood volume, pressures within the chest and, for compressed-gas divers, increased breathing r...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Travel Smarter: PRE-TRIP VACCINATIONS
June 2nd, 2020
Protecting yourself from disease involves not only staying in good shape, getting enough sleep, maintaining adequate nutrition and hydration and practising proper hygiene but also ensuring you are up ...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Diving and Hepatitis C
May 14th, 2020
Divers encounter situations that involve sharing masks, snorkels, helmets and alternate air sources. It is reasonable to be concerned about sharing equipment with a diver who has HCV. A diver’s saliva...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Effects of Aspirin on Diving
May 11th, 2020
Aspirin is a potent medication that has antithrombotic effects by affecting platelet function. Platelets play an important role in the clotting function. This effect can be seen with low doses of aspi...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Diving after Dental surgery
March 28th, 2020
When a tooth is damaged or decayed, air may enter but have no way of being equalized. The diver may experience tooth pain (barodontalgia) during descent as the air compresses with depth and/or on the ...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Delayed Off-Gassing
March 28th, 2020
A condition or injury that compromises the blood supply to tissues may theoretically impair inert gas uptake and elimination....  Read More
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Diving with Multiple Medications
March 28th, 2020
If you are taking a new medication, plan to wait a month before diving to understand how the medication affects you and your condition. If you experience drowsiness, delayed response or any other inab...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Down in the Dumps
March 28th, 2020
The shaft is the size of an oldworld telephone booth and feels as constricting as a middle coach seat in a row of strangers. I reach my hand into the hot black muck. Redundant layers of rubber signifi...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Getting Decompression Sickness while Freediving
March 27th, 2020
Over the past few years only a few cases of DCS during freediving have been reported, and they all were associated with repeated deep dives over a short time. Since there is little information, statis...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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How to manage Malaria
February 17th, 2020
Malaria usually presents initially with flu-like symptoms: headaches, muscle and joint aches, and fever. Severe shivering attacks (rigors) and high fever then occur and recur in a cyclical pattern eve...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Manage you Heartburn
December 12th, 2019
With severe reflux there is a risk of aspirating food or acid into the lungs or respirator when diving which is incredibly serious. ...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Sea Urchin Puncture wounds
December 1st, 2019
When a sea urchin spine puncture involves a joint, promptly seek medical attention at the time of injury. ...  Read More
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Predisposition to Pulmonary Barotrauma
December 1st, 2019
Since barotrauma can occur with hyperinflation of lung tissue, a diver’s lungs must be able to tolerate rapid changes in volume and pressure....  Read More
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Broken bones healed
December 1st, 2019
Opportunistic micro-organisms in salt water and untreated water from sources such as lakes, rivers and quarries exponentially increase the risk for infection. ...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Diving after Chiropractic adjustments
November 30th, 2019
Some people might experience complications or side effects for a few days following a chiropractic adjustment...  Read More
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Wetsuits and heat stress
November 30th, 2019
Spending a prolonged time on the deck of a dive boat or onshore while dressed in a wetsuit, prior to entering the water can cause heat stress and exhaustion....  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Advice, Support and a Lifeline
November 30th, 2019
From across the world, DAN constantly assisted me throughout the entire ordeal from the moment I contacted them. When I arrived home, the DAN doctor saw me in person to follow up about my DCS. DAN’s e...  Read More
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When should I call my Doctor?
November 30th, 2019
If you had health issues before the dive, it is possible that postdive symptoms are related to your preexisting condition. Distinguishing between DCI and unrelated health issues in postdive symptoms i...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Air Hoses: A Closer Look
October 3rd, 2019
In our ongoing effort to learn more about these hose failures, we consulted the manufacturers. A major supplier expressed great concern about the reports and asked that we share as much information wi...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Marine Life injury
September 5th, 2019
It is not unusual to experience delayed symptom onset. Some divers have obvious initial symptoms that resolve and then manifest again days later. Dermatologists refer to this as a delayed hypersensit...  Read More
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Retinal Detachment
September 4th, 2019
A retinal detachment is very serious and should be treated urgently due to the risk of permanent vision loss in the affected eye....  Read More
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Vaping and Diving
September 4th, 2019
The residuals of incomplete burning (carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide) are not the major concern in electronic cigarettes, but vapor does contain putative carcinogens ) and toxicological compounds. ...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Extended dive times at depth
June 13th, 2019
Using enriched air Nitrox (EAN) as a decompression gas starting on the deco stops will add oxygen to your decompression phase and speed up nitrogen elimination...  Read More
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Crohn's disease and Diving
June 13th, 2019
Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Guidelines for Flying after diving
June 13th, 2019
As more divers fly with symptoms than develop symptoms during or after flight, flying with symptoms may be a greater health problem than symptoms that occur during or after flight. This is an educatio...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Aural Hygiene
May 25th, 2019
People are aware of their ears in many ways. Some people perceive the wax in their ears as a hygiene issue and overzealously clean it out This can cause problems of it own. Taking care of your ears be...  Read More
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Diving with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
May 25th, 2019
The location of your dive directly correlates to the amount and severity of risks you are taking if anything goes wrong....  Read More
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Diving after Kidney Donation
May 25th, 2019
The concern with diving after donating a kidney is the same as with any abdominal surgery: You must allow a sufficient amount of time for healing not only the external surgical site but also the abdom...  Read More
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Cannabis & Diving
March 27th, 2019
Cannabis/ marijuana has been known to man for thousands of years.  It is believed to have originated in central Asia some 12,000 years ago and that it was widely used by Neolithic times for its protei...  Read More
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The Nitrogen Saturation Myth
February 7th, 2019
Efforts to determine the origin of this misunderstanding have thus far proven unsuccessful. Similarly, there are reports of chamber operators actually propagating this myth by offering routine “nitrog...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Get a Tattoo
February 6th, 2019
Your tattoo artist will tell you how to properly care for the site of the tattoo and how to prevent infection. ...  Read More
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Diving after joint replacement surgery
February 6th, 2019
Any return to physical activity after surgery depends on complete recovery. Your surgical incisions need to be completely healed, and any complications such as infections must be resolved. To safely d...  Read More
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Diving and regular exercise
April 11th, 2018
Some runners run every day regardless of other activities. The first recommendation for such people is that they dive very conservatively. This advice is by itself a problem since it is difficult to q...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Physiology of Decompresssion sickness FAQ
April 10th, 2018
DCS does not typically present with isolated swelling in a small joint such as a finger or toe. As in above-water activities, fingers are susceptible to a wide range of mechanical injuries in diving....  Read More
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Post Decompression sickness
April 9th, 2018
It is possible that residual sensitivity arising from the decompression insult is responsible for the subsequent symptoms....  Read More
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Oxygen ears FAQ
April 6th, 2018
Also known as middle-ear oxygen absorption syndrome, oxygen ear describes a gas volume imbalance in the middle ear after diving with breathing gas that has a higher oxygen fraction than air. The pheno...  Read More
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