DAN at DEMA 2018 Seminars

CHALLENGES IN INTERPRETING ACUTE POST-DIVE CONDITIONS
MATIAS NOCHETTO
Divers experience various medical problems besides the bends, and many of these problems can look a lot like DCS. While it's easy to connect the dots after a definitive diagnosis, solving the puzzle in real time can be both an art and a science. Join us to better understand common post-dive medical complaints and the factors that help DAN medical information specialists differentiate them.

Date: Nov/14/2018 Time: 3pm-4pm Room: N262
Date: Nov/16/2018 Time: 10am-11am Room: N262



COLD-WATER DIVING: CHALLENGES AND REWARDS FOR SUFFERING THE COLD
FRAUKE TILLMANS
Your undergarments are sweaty from carrying tanks to the dive site, the air is 32°F, and the water is 39°F. You curse the day you promised your buddy you'd go and explore that mountain lake, yet you know you won't regret it once you're in. Cold-water diving is a physiologically strenuous activity that requires special practices and equipment and warrants additional risk assessment and dive planning. Still, more and more divers are doing it and enjoying it. Join us for a brief history of cold-water diving equipment, and see if cold-water diving might be for you.

Date: Nov/15/2018 Time: 11am-12pm Room: N262
Date: Nov/17/2018 Time: 12pm-1pm Room: N262



COMMON SAFETY CONCERNS IN DIVE BUSINESSES: ARE YOU REALLY PREPARED?
FRANCOIS BURMAN
The DAN Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA) program has been used by a diverse range of dive operations, beginning in South Africa in 2011 and expanding through Europe, southern Africa, Asia and most recently the Americas. A review of elements revealed during the past seven years highlights the need for careful consideration of the real, everyday risks that dive businesses and professionals face.

Date: Nov/17/2018 Time: 12pm-1pm Room: N262



CONDITIONS DIVERS AND DOCTORS MIGHT CONFUSE WITH DCI
PETAR DENOBLE
When an injured diver appears for evaluation, the doctor often considers decompression illness first. This is because if DCI is confirmed the patient will need a specific treatment that is time sensitive and not always readily available. Injured divers may have other conditions that urgently need a different treatment and which may be confused with DCI. This presentation will bring you excerpts of special interest to dive professionals from the recent DAN/UHMS seminar about differential diagnosis of dive injuries.

Date: Nov/17/2018 Time: 12pm-1pm Room: N262



DAN CASE SERIES: TEST YOUR DIAGNOSTIC SKILLS
MATIAS NOCHETTO
This review of cases is intended to help dive leaders become better at assessing dive injuries. Thinking critically about real incidents can help dive leaders better recognize and respond to post-dive symptoms. In this interactive seminar we will discuss real DAN Emergency Line cases, figure out what might have gone wrong and learn how to avoid or be prepared for complications in the future.

Date: Nov/15/2018 Time: 2pm - 3pm Room: N262
Date: Nov/17/2018 Time: 1pm - 2pm Room: N262



DAN Instructor/Instructor Trainer Update
Patty Seery
Date: Nov/14/2018 Time: 4pm - 5pm Room: N264
Date: Nov/15/2018 Time: 9am - 10am Room: N264
Date: Nov/15/2018 Time: 3pm - 4pm Room: N264
Date: Nov/16/2018 Time: 9am - 10am Room: N264



DAN Instructor Trainer Workshop
DAN Examiners
Date: Nov/16/2018 Time: 12pm - 6pm Room: N264
Date: Nov/17/2018 Time: 8am - 4pm Room: N264



DELIVERING EDUCATION WITH TODAY'S TECHNOLOGY
PATTY SEERY
You update your equipment, your website (hopefully) and your teaching materials, but are you keeping up with advances and new opportunities in how you deliver training? Give your students what they came for: skills. It's all about the skills, and today there are fantastic tools available that can make training engaging and fun — and teaching easy.

Date: Nov/14/2018 Time: 2pm - 3pm Room: N264
Date: Nov/15/2018 Time: 1pm - 2pm Room: N262



DIVING AND HEART DISEASE: DO I NEED TO HANG UP MY FINS?
DOUG EBERSOLE
Coronary artery disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. As the scuba diving population ages, this becomes a significant concern in diving. Up to 25 percent of dive fatalities are likely due to underlying coronary artery disease. This talk will cover risk factors for the development of coronary artery disease and who can safely return to scuba diving after stenting or coronary bypass surgery. Additional topics discussed will include diving with pacemakers, defibrillators, rhythm abnormalities, valvular disease and blood thinners.

Date: Nov/14/2018 Time: 11am - 12pm Room: N264
Date: Nov/15/2018 Time: 12pm - 1pm Room: N262



DO CHILD DIVERS GET INJURED?
MATIAS NOCHETTO
Children can begin scuba diving at very young ages. They have unique physiological features and psychological characteristics that warrant special accommodations. As dive leaders and responsible business owners, we want to be prepared to keep them safe. We review what we know about this vulnerable group of divers and discuss reports to DAN about the injuries they experience.

Date: Nov/14/2018 Time: 11am - 12pm Room: N262
Date: Nov/16/2018 Time: 12pm - 1pm Room: N262



INJURY MANAGEMENT IN REMOTE LOCATIONS
MATIAS NOCHETTO
Managing injuries in remote locations is a challenge for precisely the same reason that these areas are unique and appealing to divers: access is difficult. This lecture will illustrate how DAN manages cases in remote dive operations. Selected real cases will promote discussion about preventive measures and emergency preparedness.

Date: Nov/15/2018 Time: 4pm - 5pm Room: N262
Date: Nov/17/2018 Time: 9am - 10am Room: N262



RESEARCH ADVANCES IN BREATH-HOLD DIVING
PETAR DENOBLE
While it seems a simple and intuitive physical activity, breath-hold diving has numerous physiological effects. Studying short- and long-term adaptations to breath-hold diving helps divers improve their performance and safety and helps physicians understand some illnesses that involve similar mechanisms. Extreme breath-hold diving may have both acute and chronic detrimental effects on divers. Recent studies provide new insights into these issues.

Date: Nov/15/2018 Time: 3pm - 4pm Room: N262
Date: Nov/17/2018 Time: 4pm - 5pm Room: N262



RISK MITIGATION FOR THE SAFETY-CONSCIOUS DIVE OPERATION: A SYSTEMATIC APPROACH
FRANCOIS BURMAN
Dive operators play a critical role in ensuring the safety of their clients and, just as importantly, the safety of their staff and their business. Being proactively aware of the risks in your operations can reduce the frequency of incidents and ensure preparedness for accidents and emergencies. The DAN Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA) program provides guidance and education on the many risk factors present in the business, during dive operations and at dive sites.

Date: Nov/14/2018 Time: 9am - 10am Room: N262
Date: Nov/16/2018 Time: 1pm - 2pm Room: N262



THE BUMPY ROAD TO PERSONALIZED DECOMPRESSION: WHERE ARE WE HEADED?
FRAUKE TILLMANS
If you asked leading experts in dive medicine what they would predict for the future of decompression sickness prevention, you would get many different answers. Some see it in the optimization of dive computer algorithms, others in standardized pre-conditioning procedures before the dive, and some are convinced that preventing DCS is just one superfood or decompression pill away. Lacking a crystal ball, we look to the recent literature, where we find promising hints (mostly from animal studies) about what personalized decompression may look like in the future.

Date: Nov/15/2018 Time: 1pm - 2pm Room: N262
Date: Nov/17/2018 Time: 3pm - 4pm Room: N262



TOOLS OF ENGAGEMENT: HOW DAN CAN HELP YOU REACH DIVERS
BRIAN HARPER AND STEVE JAMROZ
Marketing your business across today's digital channels doesn't have to be complicated. With photos, the occasional video and a splash of personality you can build a community of divers who are excited about what you're doing. DAN can help you keep your audience engaged. Learn how you can leverage our extensive library of informative and authoritative content for the benefit of your divers and your business. Attendees receive a selection of mission-based content to jump-start your marketing efforts.

Date: Nov/15/2018 Time: 12pm - 1pm Room: N264
Date: Nov/16/2018 Time: 3pm - 4pm Room: N262



TOP THREE ANNOYING MEDICAL PROBLEMS FOR DIVE PROFESSIONALS
FRAUKE TILLMANS
Dive professionals, whether working on liveaboards or the house reef, deal with various medical problems that make diving less enjoyable — both for themselves and their divers. Asking around the diving community, we found the following annoying medical issues associated with a diving lifestyle to be common: seasickness, cramps and gastrointestinal distress. We'll examine these ailments and investigate what advice current research offers to prevent or cope with these problems.


Date: Nov/14/2018 Time: 2pm - 3pm Room: N262
Date: Nov/16/2018 Time: 9am - 10am Room: N262



WHO IS BETTER OFF, DIVERS WHO CLOSE THEIR PFO OR THOSE WHO DO NOT?
DOUG EBERSOLE
Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is present in 25 percent of the population and puts scuba divers at an increased risk of decompression sickness. This talk will examine this risk and how to mitigate it by either diving more conservatively or undergoing percutaneous (nonsurgical) closure of the PFO. Additionally, we'll discuss the results of a recent DAN-sponsored study that compared PFO closure and conservative diving.

Date: Nov/14/2018 Time: 1pm - 2pm Room: N262
Date: Nov/15/2018 Time: 10am - 11am Room: N262



WILL MY EMERGENCY PLAN WORK WHEN I NEED IT?
FRANCOIS BURMAN
Many dive operators believe an emergency action plan is either a generic slate covering all possible medical emergencies or, "just call DAN." No two operations are the same; not only do the services offered vary, but every dive environment introduces its own unique challenges. Realizing during an emergency that your plan needs a backup, that it just won't work under actual conditions, or that you lack appropriate training or equipment might cause even the most experienced operator to panic. Knowledge in advance enables you to be prepared for even the most serious and unexpected of accidents.

Date: Nov/16/2018 Time: 11am - 12pm Room: N262
Date: Nov/17/2018 Time: 10am - 11am Room: N262



WOMEN AND DIVING: EQUAL OPPORTUNITY VERSUS PHYSIOLOGY
FRAUKE TILLMANS
Women's anatomy and physiology is of course different than men's. Women are generally considered less strong but more flexible, and there are differences in risk awareness, body composition and hormones. How relevant this is to scuba diving and what it might mean for decompression is not well studied. We'll look at the differences that have been explored in physiology and psychology research, and we'll draw some conclusions about equal opportunity underwater.

Date: Nov/14/2018 Time: 10am - 11am Room: N262
Date: Nov/16/2018 Time: 4pm - 5pm Room: N262


Seminar Schedules (Click Image to Enlarge)