Divers with decompression illness (DCI) quite often have some damage to their nervous system.
The signs of this are often vague and may go unrecognized, causing delays in treatment.
Information regarding the injured diver's neurological status will be useful to medical personnel in not only deciding the initial course of treatment but also in the effectiveness of treatment.
Examination of an injured diver's central nervous system soon after an accident may provide valuable information to the physician responsible for treatment.
To determine neurological DCI, tests are conducted on the divers. These include: orientation, eyes, face, hearing, swallowing reflex, tongue, muscle strength, sensory perception, as well as their balance and co-ordination.
Tests to the divers orientation, muscle strength and balance and co-ordination are most important and should be given priority if not all tests can be performed.
The On-Site Neurological Assessment Course can be undertaken by individuals with no medical experience. The course is designed to teach recreational divers how to undertake a neurological exam in order to assist a fellow diver in an emergency situation.
Participants also learn how to obtain essential information about a diver who has a possible diving injury and what information should be relayed to emergency services.
The course includes both theory and practical sessions. At the end of this program, DAN On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers, participants will be able to;
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