COVID-19: DAN Information and Updates

DAN encourages divers and dive operators to comply with federal and state social distancing orders and to stay up to date on the recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local government websites, such as the Department of Health in Australia.

FAQs Answered: Disinfecting Scuba Equipment

DAN's first broadcast focused on teaching the importance of effectively disinfecting scuba equipment, including ways to prepare to clean and disinfect gear in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you own equipment, ever plan on renting it or you are a dive operator that rents out equipment to customers, you'll want to WATCH THIS.

Research Implications and Diving

DAN's second COVID-19 broadcast addressed the truth about research on COVID-19 and its potential implications for diving straight from DAN's Director of Research, Frauke Tillmans, Ph.D. You can watch the broadcast HERE.

Diving After COVID-19: What we know today

Diving After Covid-19: What we know today

COVID-19 symptoms range from mild to severe. Some people have no symptoms at all while others require complicated stays in ICUs with ventilatory support to recover. In addition to the impact of the primary viral infection, factors such as underlying medical conditions, age, secondary complications and more will affect recovery.

COVID-19 shares many features with other serious viral pneumonias and requires a period of convalescence before returning to normal activities. The amount of time needed to recover will vary, as will the long-term effects of COVID-19 such as pulmonary function. As information becomes available it will be incorporated into COVID-19 prevention, treatment and follow-up guidelines.

Determination of your fitness to return to diving after a COVID-19 infection will require assessment by your physician team confirming your full recovery and ability to safely perform unrestricted vigorous activity.

If your doctor needs to consult with a dive medicine specialist, DAN doctors are here to help. We also have a database of dive medicine doctors and can provide referral information.

In addition, we urge all divers who have recovered from COVID-19 infection to call DAN for up-to-date information. As always, continue to follow all recommended precautions and stay safe!

CPR and COVID-19

CPR and COVID-19

DAN Oxygen Units and Treating COVID-19

DAN Oxygen Units and Treating Covid-19

Some divers have asked DAN about using their personal oxygen units to treat people with COVID-19. Divers’ eagerness to help during this crisis is truly admirable. However, DAN does not support the use of these emergency oxygen units for indications other than scuba diving injuries and cases of nonfatal drowning by anyone other than medical professionals.

Adherence to these guidelines is important even in the current circumstances because of lay providers’ unfamiliarity with possible comorbidities and contraindications (which include some respiratory diseases) and the high transmissibility of the virus, among other factors.

DAN oxygen units and oxygen provider training are intended only for use in scuba diving injuries and nonfatal drowning incidents. Even with a manually triggered ventilator (MTV-100), it would be virtually impossible to ventilate a critically ill patient with the right ventilation parameters and for the length of time required to treat COVID-19. Patients with severe respiratory distress may need invasive ventilatory measures (i.e., an endotracheal tube or a laryngeal mask) with continuous ventilation and positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP), none of which can be achieved with first aid equipment.

DAN Remains Committed to Divers

DAN Remains Committed to Divers

Divers are natural problem-solvers trained to plan for worst-case scenarios. Even on our simplest dives we manage numerous risks. With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), divers and dive business owners are now managing an entirely new set of risks, many of which carry unknown consequences. While the disruptions this virus will cause remain unpredictable, one thing all divers can rely on is DAN’s commitment to keeping divers safe.

Fortunately, we are well equipped for DAN staff to work remotely, and most of our operations continue uninterrupted. Services offered by DAN remain available both to our members and the dive community at large. Although we have suspended the shipment of retail products due to our office closure, we are still taking orders and will ship items as soon we are able. Our medical and research staff are monitoring the pandemic closely and applying their expertise to identify information and solutions to keep divers as safe as possible during this outbreak.

The DAN Emergency Hotline (24/7), Medical Information Line and Membership Team are all operating on normal schedules. If you have questions, DAN is here to take your calls and emails.

The entire DAN team is committed to providing the full range of services that you have always relied on DAN to provide, but we need your help. We can only do this because of our members and patrons. If it weren’t for your purchase of DAN membership and dive injury (treatment) insurance and your charitable donations, there would be no emergency medical hotline, no medics to answer questions and no research to set industry standards.

From everyone at DAN, thank you for your support that allows us to keep doing the work that we care about so much.

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The DAN Emergency Hotline remains in operation 24/7. If you experience an emergency, call the hotline at +1 (919) 684-9111.

DAN World’s Membership Team is available Monday through Friday, 9.00am – 5:00pm AEST. For questions, please call +61 3 9886 9166 or email infoap@DAN.org.

DAN's Quick Guide to Disinfecting Dive Gear

For the Bahasa Indonesia version CLICK HERE

Disinfecting Dive Gear

First Aid Training Recommendations from DAN

Training Recommendations from DAN

Scuba Units: Not Suitable Substitutes for Ventilators

Scuba Units: Not Substitutes for Ventilators

DAN has received several inquiries about the use of scuba equipment to aid in the battle against COVID-19. Unfortunately, scuba units are not suitable substitutes for ventilators. Do not attempt to use a nonmedical device to try to treat a person with compromised lung function; this could result in severe injury or death of the patient. On March 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance on using certain safe and effective medical devices to help mitigate shortages of ventilators. For more information, please read Ventilator Supply Mitigation Strategies: Letter to Health Care Providers.

 

DAN Member FAQ's for Membership and Dive Injury (Treatment) Insurance

DAN Member FAQ's: Covid-19

We have created questions to address the commonly asked questions by our Members. Please follow the link below, based on where you reside in the Asia-Pacific region:

- If you live in Australia CLICK HERE

- If you live in another part of the Asia-Pacific region (excluding Australia) CLICK HERE

- For Bahasa Indonesia CLICK HERE

Disinfection of Scuba Equipment and COVID-19

Heeding our recommendation to sanitise your dive gear? Read this article if you want to understand in greater depth why and how different methods work to limit the spread of coronavirus.

For the Bahasa Indonesia version CLICK HERE

Disinfecting Dive Gear