Sunday, January 14, 2007

Learn About Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine

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Learn About Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine

You are invited to the 59th DAN Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Course

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to extend an invitation to you to attend the 59th DAN course on diving and hyperbaric medicine. The course will be held May 5 through 12, 2007, at the Beaches Resort and Spa, on Providenciales, in the Turks and Caicos Islands. This is a beautiful location, with miles of pristine white beaches and natural reefs surrounded by transparent waters in hundreds of shades of turquoise.

But it's the course we're excited about as well.

The international faculty is highly experienced and uniquely qualified to present the chosen topics. The curriculum will provide a thorough, evidenced-based foundation in the core concepts of diving and hyperbaric medicine including:

An introduction to the physics of diving;

the diagnosis and treatment of common diving-related medical disorders such as DCS, barotrauma; and

injuries from marine animals.

A mechanistic approach to hyperbaric oxygen indications and treatment; and

A review of the strategies used by physicians to determine fitness to dive for recreational diving candidates.

These concepts will be reinforced by case reports from the DAN Medical Services Call Center (MSCC) Quality Assurance archives.

In addition, this course will go beyond the usual dive medicine topics to discuss challenges to human physiology posed by venturing into in austere environments including:

Diving at altitude and in polar conditions;

Diving to extremes of depth and time exposure; and

Diving and other medical emergencies encountered under combat conditions.

We will also review recent scientific research in diving and hyperbaric medicine;

including emerging concepts in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of DCS; plus

the evolving status of hyperbaric oxygen treatment for bisphosphonate-induced osteonecrosis of the jaw.

Finally, you will have the opportunity to directly participate in DAN diving research through both Project Dive Exploration and ongoing research on Eustachian tube function.

We hope to see you at the course.

John J. Freiberger, M.D., Course Director

To see a listing of topics and faculty, contact DAN CME.

Contact: Cindi Easterling
Phone: +1-919-684-2948 ext. 610
Fax: +1-919-493-3456

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