2015 Patent Foramen Ovale and Fitness to Dive Consensus Workshop Proceedings


The Patent Foramen Ovale and Fitness to Dive Consensus Workshop was a pre-course to the annual UHMS meeting at Alberta, Canada on June 17, 2015. It was sponsored by the Undersea Hyperbaric Medical Society and Divers Alert Network. Participants of the workshop met to consider the risks for decompression sickness in divers with PFO and pulmonary right-to-left shunts. Additional considerations included screening for PFO, fitness to dive of people with PFO, and the risk-benefit of available options for risk mitigation in divers with PFO.

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  • 2014 Medical Examination of Diving Fatalities Symposium

    Medical Examination of Diving Fatalities Symposium 2014
    On June 18, 2014 in collaboration with the Undersea Hyperbaric Medical Society, Divers Alert Network sponsored the Medical Examination of Diving Fatalities Symposium. The talks covered specifics of autopsy in scuba fatalities, field investigation of diving accidents, the complexity of rebreather accidents investigation, integration of various aspects of an investigation into final analysis and principles of the epidemiological approach.

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  • 2012 Rebreather Forum 3 Proceedings

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    Participants at Rebreather Forum 3 (RF3) met in 2012 to beneficially change the culture of rebreather diving by establishing the state of the art, practice, experience and knowledge base regarding rebreathers, identifying the most common causes of rebreather incidents and explaining the technical, training and operational characteristics that could reduce rebreather incidents for user groups. The RF3 final consensus statements address checklists, training and operations, accident investigation, and design and testing.

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  • 2010 Recreational Diving Fatalities Workshop

    The primary objective of the 2010 Recreational Diving Fatalities Workshop was to gather evidence to move the discussion beyond the foundation of expert opinion. DAN invited organizations and individuals with direct experience to present their data. The requirement for an evidence-based approach was stressed since distinguishing the validity of opposing opinions unsupported by data is difficult.

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  • Download forms, checklists and protocols.
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  • 2008 DAN Technical Diving Conference

    With the increasing interest in technical diving, the conference objectives were to establish communications among technical divers, diving physicians and diving scientists, to provide objective information concerning what is known and unknown, and to establish the need for data collection and quantitative analysis to answer unresolved questions.

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  • 2006 Breath-Hold Diving Workshop

    DAN and the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) brought together scientists and practitioners in this two-day workshop about the physiology, performance, and health and safety of breath-hold diving.

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  • 2005 Diabetes and Recreational Diving: Guidelines for the Future

    DAN and the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) brought together experts and interested parties from around the world to develop consensus guidelines for recreational diving with diabetes.

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  • 2004 Management of Mild or Marginal Decompression Illness in Remote Locations Workshop

    This workshop was a joint venture of DAN and the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). Held in Sydney, Australia, in June 2004, it was the first organized attempt to consider the severity of decompression illness signs and symptoms in the context of their management. Consensus statements from the conference defined mild decompression illness, addressed the progression of mild cases and their therapy, and discussed the issue of flying with mild symptoms.

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  • 2002 Flying After Recreational Diving Workshop

    This workshop on flying after recreational diving brought together representatives from the recreational diving industry and experts from other diving communities. The consensus of this important workshop is something every diver should know.

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  • 2000 Nitrox Workshop

    This workshop sought to clarify nitrox diving and reach a consensus among dive industry professionals regarding the recreational use of enriched air nitrox. During the workshop, no evidence was presented that showed an increased risk of decompression sickness from the use of nitrox versus compressed air. Based on this fact, recommendations were put forward by the DAN Nitrox Workshop for entry-level, open-circuit nitrox diving.

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