Divers Alert Network® (DAN), the leader in dive safety, is pleased to announce the posting of proceedings from the Medical Examination of Diving Fatalities Symposium workshop presented at the St. Louis Arch, in St. Louis, Missouri.
Drowning appears to be the leading cause of death among recreational divers but the root causes that precede drowning vary and should be investigated further. Fatal diving injuries often result from multiple root causes and contributing factors that are rarely obvious. The goal of such investigation is the development of preventive measures that will reduce fatalities in diving.
In these proceedings, an international group of prominent diving physicians and diving pathologists discuss the issues and challenges associated with the investigation of diving fatalities, including possible root causes, health conditions, autopsy methods and field investigation protocols. The proceedings provide insight into the investigation while also focusing on the prevention of injuries and fatal accidents in recreational scuba diving. The chapters are edited and expanded from the transcripts of presentations at the DAN/ UHMS sponsored symposium for medical examiners and diving physicians.
“Our responsibility doesn’t end with presenting our research. We have an obligation to take our information and develop useful resources for the medical and dive community,” “said Dr. Petar Denoble, DAN Vice President of Mission. “By posting these proceedings, medical professionals as well as divers seeking more knowledge will have the opportunity to access this valuable information and put it to use in an effort to reduce diving fatalities,” added Denoble.
DAN Research host workshops and conferences throughout the world to share knowledge and discuss ideas. The events range from presentations tailored to medical professionals as well as workshops designed for divers of all levels. DAN makes downloadable presentations and proceedings available online for those who can’t attend the events. For more information or to download a digital copy of the proceedings, visit DAN’s website.
About DAN: DAN is the largest dive safety association of recreational scuba divers in the world. Since its inception in 1980, DAN remains committed to helping divers in need of medical emergency assistance and promoting dive safety through research, education, products and diving services. For more information, or to become a DAN member, explore DAN.org.