Monday, May 02, 2011

DAN Courses Streamlined for Better Education

This summer DAN’s training programs will go through a metamorphosis, streamlining the teaching process to present a better organized and more effective educational program for divers around the world.

The DAN Mission departments (Education, Medicine and Research) are working together to make sure DAN training programs meet the highest standards of first aid care, using evidence-based science as the basis for the care that is given. In the process of updating the courses to the latest information, the programs will also be consolidated and presented in the best way possible to make sure divers are prepared to handle an emergency.

Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries: This program will now include the skills of the original course along with the two resuscitation skills in the Advanced Oxygen First Aid course. If you aren’t yet certified to teach the Advanced Oxygen program, you’ll need to work with a DAN Instructor Trainer to learn these important resuscitation skills. In this consolidation, the CPR with supplemental oxygen skill is being removed from the course. This skill is the most difficult to teach and has very little added benefit in CPR as compared to CPR with a bag-valve mask or the MTV-100. Certification in CPR is still a prerequisite for this course.

On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers: This course is being revised to incorporate better techniques but will not change significantly. However, the prerequisite to be certified in Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries has been dropped. Effective immediately, you can teach this program to anyone without any prerequisites.

Diving Emergency Management Provider (DEMP): The new version of DEMP will now include all the skills from the Oxygen and Advanced Oxygen first aid courses as well as Basic Life Support and First Aid (BLSFA), First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries and the On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers courses.

To further augment DAN course offerings, DAN will release the new Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers (BLSHCP) course, which will encompass everything in BLSFA along with one- and two-rescuer CPR for adults, children and infants and suctioning, among other skills.

Diving First Aid for Professional Divers: This course will mirror the DEMP course, with the inclusion of the BLSHCP program. The market restriction will also be lifted so that dive instructors and divemasters will be able to take this course.

Along with these revisions, all DAN programs, including both BLS courses, will have online knowledge development. As a DAN Instructor, you will have the option of using the online knowledge development or using the traditional classroom method. This gives you additional options when scheduling classes.

In the interim, continue teaching DAN courses using the existing materials and following existing standards. The new guidelines are considered an improvement but do not indicate the previous standards were wrong. DAN Instructors will have until the end of 2011 to use existing materials they have in stock before being asked to use the revised materials exclusively.

Please email if you are interested or want additional information.

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