Emergency Diving Accident Management (EDAM)
UPCOMING CLASS DATES
July 14 - 19, 2013 (July class size limited to 26)
(Course fee covers Class Tuition & Materials, Housing, and Meals for 5 days)
General Class Schedule for EDAM Program
Registration Form (Adobe Acrobat format) for EDAM Class
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Are you thirsty for more information on diving and diving accident management? The five day Emergency Diving Accident Management (EDAM) program held at the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber will help quench that thirst!
If you work in emergency medical services; teach, lead, or work in recreational or commercial diving; are interested in volunteering with the Catalina Chamber Crew; or are just an interested diver, the EDAM course at the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber will provide you with information that all divers need to know.
Learn about diving accidents that have occurred and what type of events, equipment, or errors lead to the problem. Get an in-depth look at how decompression tables and dive computers are put together and what Doppler bubble detection has to do with current decompression research. Understand the problems and research associated with flying after diving.
Grasp the physiology and pathology of decompression sickness and air embolism injuries. Discover about the effects of nitrogen narcosis and oxygen toxicity and how they play a major role in technical diving operations.
Learn how to do a neurological assessment of a diving casualty and understand the importance of oxygen administration, information gathering and efficient communication and coordination with local rescue agencies. Find out what is done with an accident victim upon arrival at a hyperbaric chamber and how hyperbaric treatments benefit divers.
Optional Chamber Dives
Discover first-hand what it's like to dive in a chamber. Make dives to 60 and 165 fsw. A recent Clearance for Hyperbaric Exposure or diving medical is required. An additional fee of $25, covers both dives. Chamber Diver certifications are available for an additional certification fee.
- CA Paramedics & MICNs: 22 California Pre-Hospital Care CEU's
- Institute of Continuing Education for Nurses: (California Board of Registered Nursing Provider #00105) - 28.5 contact hrs.
- NBDHMT: 24 CMEs for DMTs.
- NAUI: 3.6 CEUs
Certified divers holding a current Paramedic certification (or EMT with additional required invasive skills training) may apply for NBDHMT Diving Medical Technician certification upon completion of EDAM and the Chamber Operations training.
Accommodations and meals are included in the EDAM tuition. EDAM participants will be housed in the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies dorm rooms and apartments. Meals are served in the Institute's cafeteria.
The $650 fee for EDAM covers tuition, books, room, and board (Sunday pm - Friday noon). The Chamber dives cost an additional $25.
A $100 deposit is required to reserve space in the class.
Refunds must be requested in writing
No refunds will be issued after one month prior to the start of the class!
- Karl E. Huggins: Program Manager - USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber
- Jeff Sipsey, M.D.: Medical Director - USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber & USC+LAC Medical Center ER