DAN-UHMS Fall 2018 Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Course

DatesSeptember 8 2018toSeptember 15 2018
LocationAnse Chastanet, International, St. Lucia
Phone800-446-2671 ext 1556
PDFRegistration form

Jointly sponsored by Divers Alert Network and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, the course is designed primarily for physicians. However, emergency medical personnel, paramedics, nurses and professionals, as well as instructors, divemasters and nonmedical, diving-related personnel with an interest in dive medicine may also find the course valuable.

The program focuses on diving and hyperbaric medicine with emphasis on the latest scientific literature in the field. The course features lectures, case presentations and support materials as well as both formal and informal discussion sessions with faculty.

Through lectures, case presentations, printed support materials, and both formal and informal discussion sessions with the faculty, it is anticipated that attendees completing this course will be able to discuss and clinically apply facts relevant to scheduled topics. Upon completion, course participants should also benefit from a broader understanding of current issues and increased familiarity with recent, relevant scientific literature in diving and hyperbaric medicine. Learning will be reinforced by case reports from the DAN Medical Services Call Center (MSCC) Quality Assurance archives, examples from recent and ongoing diving research, and from the personal experience of the faculty.

At the end of this course attendees should be able to discuss and clinically apply facts relevant to:
• Medical and physical fitness to dive
• Diving safety - issues and current research
• Hyperbaric medicine - applications, protocols and mechanisms
• Decompression physiology and pathophysiology
• Diving injuries and management
• Controversies in diving medicine

NOTE: Saturdays are included in the schedule as arrival and outbound travel days at either end.


Sunday, September 09
0730    Check-in - Seery
0800    Welcome - Holm
0810    ENT Issues in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine - Holm
0900    Pathophysiology and Manifestations of Decompression Illness – Mitchell
1000    Gas Toxicities in Diving – Nochetto
1100    Free Diving Physiology and Pathophysiology – Sadler

Afternoon - Two tank diving

Monday, September 10
0800    New and Emerging Indications in Hyperbaric Medicine – Sadler
0900    Diagnosis and Treatment of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – Holm
1000    Treatment of Decompression Illness: Field Management – Mitchell
1100    Remote Management of Diving Injuries and Telemedicine - Nochetto

Afternoon - Two tank diving

Tuesday, September 11
0800    Treatment of Decompression Illness: Definitive – Mitchell
0900    Cardiovascular Disease and Pulmonary Edema in Diving - Sadler
1000    Hyperbaric Treatment Tables for Decompression Illness – Holm
1100    Case studies – Nochetto

Afternoon - Two tank diving

Evening Talk (optional): TBA (Wreck Talk) – Mitchell

Wednesday, September 12
0800    Parasitic Infections in Dive Travel – Nochetto
0900    Hyperbaric Chambers and Chamber Safety – Holm
1000    Diver Death Evaluation – Sadler
1100    Case studies – Mitchell

Afternoon - Two tank diving

Thursday, September 13
0800    Toxinological Aspects of Hazardous Marine Life – Nochetto
0900    Technical Diving - Mitchell
1000    Iatrogenic Gas Embolism: Bubble Trouble in the Hospital – Holm
1100    Case studies – Sadler

Afternoon - Two tank diving

Friday, September 14
Morning - Two tank diving

1330    Assessing Suitability for Diving - Mitchell
1430    Artisanal Divers in the Americas - Nochetto
1530    Medical Problems Specific to Closed Circuit Rebreathers - Sadler
1630    Case studies - Holm
1730    Adjourn

Additional information to be posted as available.


James R. Holm, MD
Medical Director, Center for Hyperbaric Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Matias Nochetto, MD
Director, Medical Programs, Divers Alert Network, Durham, NC

Simon J. Mitchell, MB ChB PhD
Professor and Head, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Charlotte A. Sadler, MD
Emergency and Hyperbaric Medicine Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California-San Diego, San Diego, CA

Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and Divers Alert Network. The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

• Designation Statement:
The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

• Full Disclosure Statement:
All faculty members and planners participating in continuing medical education activities sponsored by Divers Alert Network are expected to disclose to the participants any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Full disclosure of faculty and planner relevant financial relationships will be made at the activity.

• UHMS Disclaimer Statement: The information provided at this CME activity is for Continuing Medical Education purposes only. The lecture content, statements or opinions expressed however, do not necessarily represent those of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), its affiliates or its employees.