Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Rescue Diver Notes

My notes for the PADI Rescue Diver class. These are the things I will never remember unless I write them down (a whole lot). 
  • Air Embolism is air in the tissues that block circulation
  • Subcutaneous Emphysema is air under the skin at the base of the neck.
  • Mediastinal Emphysema is are in the center of the chest
  • Pneumothorax is air in the chest cavity that collapses the lung.

I totally got upsold on a Henderson dive skin because of the logic that it makes getting in and out of a wetsuit easier.
I could get a compass. I could get the Scubapro FS compass. But it's a hundred bucks. And I have a liquid-filled Suunto for now. I'll get another pair of shears and a sheath though.

Here's a good set of questions to ask a patient:
  1. Were you scuba diving today or breathing compressed air?
  2. Did you make a forced or rapid ascent?
  3. How deep did you go?
  4. What was your bottom time?
  5. Do you feel excessively tired?
  6. Where do you hurt?
  7. Do you feel dizzy?
  8. Does any part of you feel numb or tingle?
  9. Are you having trouble breathing?

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