Diving Emergency Management Provider
Dive accidents are rare, but they may require prompt, specific action. No single set of skills will meet all the various demands a dive accident may present. The Diving Emergency Management Provider (DEMP) program combines skills from four first-aid courses offered by your instructor to streamline and put into context the care that may be necessary.
Starting with basic life support, participants will become familiar with the signs and symptoms associated with cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack as well as with other diseases and conditions that may also pose an immediate threat to life.
If there is any question about whether an injury may be present, a neurological assessment may help identify abnormalities that should prompt first-aid care and further evaluation.
Oxygen first aid has long been established as the primary first aid for dive accidents. Recognizing the signs and symptoms indicative of decompression illness can facilitate prompt intervention with oxygen therapy, as taught in Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries.
Finally, at some point most divers will experience injuries, usually minor, from encounters with marine life while diving. Most of these injuries require only simple interventions. Occasionally, however, more involved first aid is necessary. First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries covers both general care and more specific interventions that may be required. Successful completion of the Diving Emergency Management Provider course includes demonstrating skill competency and passing a final knowledge assessment for each section of the course.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a provider card indicating that you have been trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), use of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs), how to conduct a basic neurological assessment, administration of oxygen for scuba diving and drowning injuries as well as first-aid procedures for injuries caused by marine life.