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Diving Diseases Research Centre

Medical Scuba Diving (English)

Company description

We specialise in the treatment of medical emergencies involving decompression illness, carbon monoxide poisoning, smoke inhalation, cyanide poisoning and soft tissue infection including necrotising faciitis. We also concentrate on routine Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBO2 or HBOT). Patients breathe 100% oxygen intermittently while inside a treatment chamber at a pressure greater than sea level. DDRC runs a 24 hour emergency advice line giving advice on the assessment and treatment of the above illnesses and can also advise nationally on the availability of the nearest recompression facility. For emergency cases the close proximity of Plymouth airport ensures that air transfer does not present any difficulty. Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust also has a helicopter landing site adjacent to both the hospital and DDRC. DDRC also runs the National Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Inhalation Advisory Service and works closely with the National Poisons Information Service in London. On arrival at DDRC the patient is assessed by the DDRC team in the ITU/Resuscitation area. If the patient is particularly sick or has special needs, e.g. a child, the team will include Derriford Hospital`s on-call consultant or senior Specialist Registrar in the appropriate specialty. Once the physicians, specialists and the attending nurse or paramedic are happy that the condition of the patient is stable the therapy commences. The patient is accompanied throughout the treatment by a chamber-trained paramedic or nurse. ITU patients will be cared for by specialist ITU nurses. Children will, if required, be cared for by paediatric nurses. In certain cases an ITU physician will be seconded to the treating team as an addition to DDRC staff. Full monitoring capability is available within the chamber plus sophisticated ventilation options including pressure support and mixed-gas supply. On completion of the initial treatment the patient is reassessed before being transferred to an appropriate hospital-based unit. Treatment will continue until the optimal results have been attained. DDRC facilities include one large and two smaller recompression chambers with full environmental control.

Location description:

We offer courses: Commercial Diving *Trainee Offshore Air Diving Supervisor IMCA Approved Offshore Trainee Air Diving Supervisor. From 1988 all personnel working as Diving Supervisors and Superintendents in the Offshore Industry have been required to be in possession of an AODC/IMCA certificate confirming having passed necessary examinations. To begin this process there is an IMCA Training scheme. *DDRC Diver Medic Technician Course The Diver Medical Technician (DMT) is a person who will be expected to perform a range of advanced medical techniques in an emergency. The DDRC course consists of 60 hours theory and around 30 hours practical work within our Centre and at Derriford hospital`s A+E, HDU, ICU and other departments, right on our doorstep. As one of the busiest Hyperbaric Centres in the UK there may be many opportunities to experience the treatment of casualties during your stay here. *Inshore Supervisor Course A.D.C. Refresher Courses, Trainee Supervisor Course. All courses are held at our modern premises *DDRC Diver First Aid Course This course covers the need to plan for effective prevention of accidents at and around the diving operation. It fulfils the minimum requirement by the 1997 Diving at Work Regulations for an operational Dive Team. *Assistant Life Support Technician Course Divers living in saturation conditions are controlled by trained personnel from outside the deck compression chambers. Increasingly sophisticated equipment and larger chamber complexes have been developed to meet the need for divers to work at depth *DDRC Chamber Operator Course Chamber staff come from a variety of different backgrounds, including skilled technicians from other industries, qualified nurses, divers and some specially trained for the role. Any enquiries concerning Hyperbaric Training will be welcomed. Courses can be designed around your own particular requirements. Recreational Diving *PADI emergency first responder *PADI recompression awareness course *DSAT gas blender course *DAN oxygen, AEDfib & marine life course *First aid at work, O2 admin package *Remote Emergency Medic Technician (REMT) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Unit, and many more!

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Diving and Diseases Research Centre (DDRC) - study the effects of pressure and provides hyperbaric chamber oxygen treatment facilities and medical training for divers, technicians, nurses and doctors

Contact information:

Phone: 01752 209999
Fax: 01752 209115
Street Address:
Tamar Science Park,
Research Way
United Kingdom
Spoken language(s): English
Open: from 09-00 till 17-00
Local time:  Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) London, Edinbourg, Lisboa
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