DIVING EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES
A diving accident victim could be any person who has been breathing air underwater regardless of depth. It is essential that emergency procedures are pre-planned and that medical treatment is initiated as soon as possible. It is the responsibility of each AAUS organizational member to develop procedures for diving emergencies including evacuation and medical treatment for each dive location.
Depending on the nature of the diving accident, stabilize the patient, administer as high a concentration of oxygen as possible, contact local Emergency Medical System (EMS) for transport to medical facility, contact diving accident coordinator, as appropriate. Explain the circumstances of the dive incident to the evacuation teams, medics and physicians. Do not assume that they understand why oxygen may be required for the diving accident victim or that recompression treatment may be necessary.
Make appropriate contact with victim, or rescue as required.
PROCEDURES AT MONTEREY PENINSULA DIVE LOCATIONS INCLUDING HOPKINS
Planning for emergencies:
emergency protocol requires the diver to be evaluated at Community Hospital
of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP, 23625 Holman Highway) before referral
to a recompression chamber. The nearest chamber is located at 600 Pine
Ave. in Pacific Grove, but DO NOT transport divers there directly.
If feasible note the condition of the diver and details of the events leading up to the accident, including dive profiles. Report any diving-related accident/injury to the DSO as soon as possible.
AT OTHER DIVE LOCATIONS
local procedures as detailed in the diving accident management plan for
evacuation and medical treatment established as part of the Scientific
Diving Plan (Stanford Diving Safety Manual, Appendix 8).