DAN Continues Its Mission of Expanding Educational Opportunities for Medical Professionals

4/18/2012 11:50:01 AM

Registration is Open for August Science of Wound Care, Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Conference

DAN continues to expand its presence in the medical education community with its involvement in this year’s Science of Wound Care, Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Conference. Taking place Aug. 3-5, 2012 in Palm Beach, Fla., this third annual medical conference promises to be like no other.

“This conference is attracting experts in the field of hyperbaric medicine and wound care from all over the world,” said Dr. Nicholas Bird, DAN CEO and chief medical officer. “What makes it truly unique is its multidisciplinary approach, exposing hyperbaric medical staff to current topics in both the wound care and diving medicine fields. No other conference offers this type of cross-education.”

DAN’s participation in the conference reflects the organization’s continuing dedication to expanding the educational opportunities for medical professionals interested in or practicing in the field of diving medicine. This conference covers the entire field of wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Highlights include:

  • Advances in hyperbaric medicine and wound care
  • Latest HBO indication on sudden idiopathic sensorineural hearing loss
  • Medical fitness to dive
  • Diving accidents: prevention, morbidity and mortality

Though the majority of the weekend is geared primarily to physicians and hyperbaric medical staff, the event also features a special pre-conference workshop on decompression illness (DCI). Open and designed to be of use to public safety divers, rescue dive teams and recreational divers alike, the three-hour workshop is being offered on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and features lectures and instructional modules on topics such as the causes and mechanisms of DCI, symptoms and onset times, diagnosis and field management, when to consider evacuation, and treatment options. Each lecture will be followed by 15-minute breakout sessions that include case studies, practical application of the knowledge, discussion and self-evaluation.

“The importance of a conference like this is immeasurable,” said Bird. “And its impact is great. Not only does it enrich the training available to medical professionals, but it increases the network of professionals able to assist divers in the event of an emergency. That’s why expanding opportunities for the medical profession is so important to DAN. At the end of the day, it benefits all divers.”

Registration for the conference is now open, and discounted pricing is available through June 15, 2012. For more information or to register, contact Jaclyn Messersmith at (919) 684-2948 x.611 or via email at development@dan.org.

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