Now, besides all the boating stuff that binds us together, I know most of you really enjoy your water sports. There is surfing along with all its offshoots…windsuring, wakeboarding, et al…and of course, for many of us, scuba diving. So with that notion in mind, I thought I would, in the spirit in which it was intended, share with you some interesting information I came across that deals with many of the medical aspects of diving.
There’s going to be a two-session lecture series given at the Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Connecticut, on Saturday, April 14, 2012. For those of you in the area, or willing to travel to make it, look over the program and see if it is of interest. If not, you might want to check in with my contact there to get some of the vital and important information that is going to be presented.
The first session is going to cover diving emergencies with a presentation by Dr. Nicholas Bird, the Chief Medical Officer of the Divers Alert Network. Dr. Richard Sadler will speak on the Situational Awareness and the Psychology of Diving followed by a review of Bounce Diving given by Dr. Matthew Patrick of the Manahawkin, NJ-based Institute of Diving Medicine. Wrapping things up will be Dr. David Charash’s lecture on When to Retire The Diver. Dr. Charash is the medical director of Wound Care Hyperbaric Medicine at Danbury Hospital.The second session discussions involve the divers’ alert network and a certification course that includes oxygen and advanced oxygen first aid for diving injuries, and neurological assessment for divers.
If you or anyone you know might be interested in this kind of information, please contact Dr. David Charash at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell him Capt. Ken sent you. Hopefully, this will make the time safer for those of us under the water as that while on top of it.