Stranded While Drift Diving

In this case recently reported to DAN AP, divers are stranded in open water when a drift dive doesn’t go according to plan.

In this case recently reported to DAN AP, divers are stranded in open water when a drift dive doesn’t go according to plan. Continue reading “Stranded While Drift Diving”

April: A Sample of Recent Asia-Pacific Diving Incidents

Concussion, skin DCI and suspected pulmonary oedema, a few cases the DAN AP team helped with this month.

Concussion, skin DCI and suspected pulmonary oedema, a few cases the DAN AP team helped with this month. Continue reading “April: A Sample of Recent Asia-Pacific Diving Incidents”

Bent in Paradise

After a scary incident in Kalimantan, a diver learns the hard way why it’s important not to push your limits and take care of your own safety.

After a scary incident in Kalimantan, a diver learns the hard way why it’s important not to push your limits and take care of your own safety. Continue reading “Bent in Paradise”

March: A sample of recent Asia-Pacific diving incidents

From bitey fish to skin bends… a sample of cases DAN APAC helped with this month.

From bitey fish to skin bends… a sample of cases DAN APAC helped with this month. Continue reading “March: A sample of recent Asia-Pacific diving incidents”

9 Tips for Easy Equalisation

Having trouble equalising? There are several techniques you can employ to equalise your ears. Here are 9 tips for easy equalisation.

Having trouble equalising? There are several techniques you can employ to equalise your ears. Here are 9 tips for easy equalisation. Continue reading “9 Tips for Easy Equalisation”

Fast Facts About Equalisation

Recently we tested our Facebook followers on ear safety with a Quiz, and not everyone got 100% so we thought we’d share a few facts about ears and equalisation!

Recently we tested our Facebook followers on ear safety and equalisation with a fun Facebook Quiz, which generated a lot of interest! However not everyone got 100% so we thought we’d share a few facts about ears and equalisation.
Continue reading “Fast Facts About Equalisation”

February DAN Report: A Sample of Recent Asia-Pacific Diving Incidents

To give you an idea of the range of cases DAN takes care of each month – here’s a sample of February’s cases.

To give you an idea of the range of cases DAN takes care of each month – here’s a sample of February’s cases. Continue reading “February DAN Report: A Sample of Recent Asia-Pacific Diving Incidents”

When accidents happen…

A medical guide to handling interactions with marine creatures

By Joseph Becker, M.D. and Paul Auerbach, M.D., M.S.

No matter how careful they are, sooner or later most divers are stung, bitten, punctured or poisoned by a marine animal. While a healthy respect for marine life and the environment is a good safety measure, accidents happen and serious afflictions may result.

Sharks are commonly thought of as the animal most likely to cause injury, but in truth, there are many other marine animals that are more likely to injure divers. Creatures such as barracuda, seals, otters and eels – while not normally aggressive – may sometimes react defensively and bite humans. Continue reading “When accidents happen…”

DAN Incident Insights: Quiet Rupture

A “mild” barotrauma leaves a diver with potentially permanent hearing loss. By John Lippmann, DAN AP Founder, Chairman, Director of Research

Diver’s Background. “James” (not his real name) is a 62 year-old Australian male. He is an experienced diver, logging more than 1500 dives over 33 years, mainly in the cooler waters of southern Australia. However, he has also done at least one overseas diving trip each year, mainly to tropical locations. Continue reading “DAN Incident Insights: Quiet Rupture”

Decompression Recovery

Almost half of those who are treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy have some neurological symptoms or pain for several days or weeks after hyperbaric therapy was completed. On average, 16 percent of injured divers will still have symptoms for up to three months after they have been treated.

DAN was contacted by a diver who had received eight hyperbaric treatments for decompression sickness six weeks ago. He was in good physical shape and an hour after diving he experienced numbness and tingling in his left arm, hand, leg and foot and felt very weak and fatigued. At the end of his treatments all his symptoms had alleviated and four days later he flew home without issue. However, he reported that in the last two weeks he had noticed a return of some of the tingling in his left arm and foot that comes and goes but doesn’t completely go away. He was wondering if this was a normal side effect of decompression illness and whether he should seek further recompression. Continue reading “Decompression Recovery”

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