Have You Thought About Becoming a DMT?

DAN DMT program participants are trained to identify and manage an emergency situation.

The 2010 course year for the DAN® Diver Medical Technician (DMT) program and the new DMT continued education program have ended, but the plans for 2011 are already under way.

The 2010 DMT courses, hosted at DAN headquarters in Durham, N.C., were a huge success with each class roster filling months in advance.

DMTs are trained as first responders for diving emergencies. Program participants are as varied as the topics covered, drawing from dive safety officers, hyperbaric chamber tenders and dive professionals alike.

"DMTs provide a vital bridge between the emergency medical services and the diving community. As both divers and medical professionals with this advanced diving medicine training, they can speak the language of both groups, helping them provide the best care for injured divers," said Scott Smith, DAN Education programs manager and the coordinator for the DAN DMT programs. "These courses are tremendous learning opportunities combining world-renowned faculty with a small, group educational setting that allows students the opportunity to ask questions and get real answers."

Students get hands-on experience at hyperbaric facilities.
In the DAN DMT programs, participants are trained to identify and manage an emergency situation and effectively communicate it to DAN and remotely-located physicians. They are certified to provide emergency care and basic life support to injured divers in the field, as well as perform tasks as directed by emergency medical authorities. DMTs receive training in chamber operations and may function as either operators or patient tenders.

DAN DMT course participants earn more than 40 hours of classroom, clinical lab and hands-on experience at hyperbaric facilities.

Over the course of the week, classroom lectures cover the roles and responsibilities of the DMT, gas laws, gas toxicities, ears and sinuses, otoscope use, decompression sickness (DCS), arterial gas embolism (AGE), physical exams and invasive and noninvasive procedures.

"We have been extremely fortunate to have the caliber of speakers we've had for our DMT courses," said Dr. Nick Bird, DAN chief medical officer and DMT course director.

The 2010 DMT course speakers included Dr. Frans Cronje, president of DAN Southern Africa; Dr. Chris Logue, emergency and hyperbaric medicine attending at the University of Pennsylvania; Dr. James Caruso, U.S. Navy captain and forensic pathologist; Kevan Corson, DMT, CHT Instructor; and Eric Schinazi, hyperbaric medicine at Duke University, among other notable guests.

The DAN DMT course is certified by the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology as a Module 16 program. Classes are limited to 12 people and fill quickly. Registration for 2011 courses is open.

2010 also marked the launch of a new DMT continuing education program. DMT-certified divers require 48 continuing education hours every two years for recertification. DAN's course offers 24 continuing education hours applicable towards recertification. Attendees can earn eight hours of diving and emergency medicine credits and 16 hours of clinical lab time.

Sign up now for a DAN DMT course or DMT continuing education course!

2011 DMT Course Dates
April 3-8: Durham, N.C.
Sept. 11-16: Durham, N.C.

2011 DMT Continuing Education Course Dates (for existing DMTs)
March 6-8: Durham, N.C.
Aug. 7-9: Durham, N.C.

For additional information or to register for a 2011 DMT course, contact DAN Education at +1-919-684-2948 or email oxygen@diversalertnetwork.org.