This week was all about collaboration! We did a lot of collaboration with different communities and dive operators. Personally, collaboration week is my favourite because I got so many knowledge and new things from them. For today we collaborated with Dive Komodo for the training of Emergency Oxygen Provider and Phillipe was our instructor.
Emergency Oxygen Provider is a course that teaches us about how and when to use emergency oxygen. Completing this course means you’re ready to help others should the need arise. Becoming an Emergency Oxygen Provider lets you breathe easy knowing that you can recognize scuba diving illnesses treatable with emergency oxygen, and are prepared to offer aid.
In this class we learned about how to provide emergency response to an injured diver. Medical histories show that providing oxygen to an injured diver can dramatically increase the effectiveness of subsequent treatment.
We learned how to identify different diving related injuries, how to administer oxygen and the different tools and equipment to use. For example, did you know there are different three type of masks that are used depending on the Injured diver’s condition.
- Pocket masks are used for a non-breathing casualty;
- Non-rebreather masks are used for divers that are having difficulty to breathe; and
- Demand valves are used when divers can breathe normally.
Remember the most important thing to do during an emergency situation is to notify the emergency services. Despite completing the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider course, we are not trained doctors and all we can do is provide first aid until the casualty is transferred to a medial professional.
Secondly, think about your own safety and the safety of others when providing emergency response.
A very useful reference is DAN’s Emergency Hotline which can provide information and assist with care coordination 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Be sure to save this number in your contacts: +61-8-8212-9242.