Stroke is the third-leading cause of death and the leading cause of long-term disability according to the American Heart Association. Decompression illness (DCI) can present as a neurological injury associated with scuba diving. Rapid recognition of and response to a suspected neurological injury, regardless of cause, can help convince the injured person of the need for emergency oxygen and help the responder monitor the injured person's condition and report findings to emergency medical services (EMS).
What You Will Learn
The DAN Neurological Assessment course focuses on how to obtain essential information about an individual involved in a dive emergency or suspected of having a stroke and what information to relay to EMS.
You will learn about:
- Nervous system overview
- Decompression illness
- Neurological assessments
You will develop the following skills:
- Making a F-A-S-T assessment
- Taking a history
- Monitoring vital signs
- Assessing cranial nerve function
- Determining mental function
- Evaluating motor function
- Assessing coordination and balance