The Public Safety Diving (PSD) Health Survey has been launched by the San Diego Center of Excellence in Diving as a result of the January 2015 PSD meeting convened in San Diego. The aim of this study is to understand the acute and chronic health issues affecting the public safety diving community. A major contributing factor to health issues identified by the majority of PSD training organizations was the not fully encapsulated nature of diving activities that may have exposed dive team members to direct contact with microbial- or chemical-contaminants in the water column or sediments.
There are two phases to this study. Phase 1 is to gather and analyze data that will allow the approximation of the population size of PSD in the U.S. and the magnitude of acute or chronic health issues. This information will be supplied by DIVE TEAM LEADERS.
Phase 2 will be launched upon completion of Phase 1 and be made universally available for individual PSD team divers to enter information in a completely anonymous manner. This information will allow PSD health issue trend analysis and more detailed causes and solutions to be identified.
A final report will be made available on the www.dive.ucsd.edu website with accessibility by PSD training organizations, dive team leaders and individual divers. We also stand by to answer any specific questions from the PSD community. There is no objective to provide findings or take a position on specific training standards, equipment preferences or medical certification requirements for the public safety diving community. It is our intent for this collaborative project to be inclusive and to increase and diffuse the knowledge gained to mitigate acute and chronic health issues many public safety divers are currently experiencing.
If you are a dive team leader, please click on this link to complete the Phase 1 Dive Team Leader survey. Please help us distribute this information more widely to PSD dive team leaders.
Michael A. Lang, PhD
Karen B. Van Hoesen, MD
San Diego Center of Excellence in Diving
UC San Diego - Emergency Medicine
Accidental calls now make up about Twenty Percent of all calls to CRESA 911. That may not seem like a lot, but when you factor in that by state law CRESA 911 needs to call you back, to verify there actually is not an emergency it starts to really add up!! In 2015, CRESA received 405,000 911 calls. 62, 047 of those calls were accidental or incomplete that required a dispatcher to call the caller back to verify there was not an emergency! 1,812 of those accidental calls ended in 911 dispatch sending law enforcement to check on the caller. Just think of the time involved in OVER 62,000 calls answered, and then having to be called back.
What Can You do to be Part of the Solution?
Planning for for unfortunate outcomes is not something we like to think about, but it may make a huge difference to our loved ones in the event something does go awry.
The only thing worse than losing a loved one, is losing a loved one who leaves a giant gaping hole in the family financial support structure. Sorting through the costs of funerals, probate, and suchlike is NOT something a grieving person should have to do on the fly.
Are you interested in SCUBA but not ready to start a career as a public safety diver? Check out the Oregon Scuba Club. They have a pretty cool trip planned for October you should check out!
Summer Safety Tips: Sun and Water Safety
Keep your family safe this summer by following these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Once the final school bell has rung, the pencils and notebooks get packed away and the kids are ready for some summer fun! Children love the hot summer months, because they provide the perfect opportunity to spend lots of time outside. Whether it’s swimming in the pool, hiking through the woods, taking long walks, or going for a bike ride, there is something for everyone, no matter how young or old.
We hope that everyone enjoys this special time of year, but we want to also remind parents that there are potential dangers during the summer months, and it’s important to be aware of what they are. The more information one learns about how to prevent illnesses and injuries, the less likely they will occur.
There are many areas to cover when it comes to summer safety, and we’ll review just a few here. Please keep in mind that this is a brief list of tips. For more information check out the web sites recommended at the end of this article.
Read the rest of this great advice from PBS's Summer Safety Tips for Kids!
Water-related activities are popular for getting physical activity and have many health benefits. Here are some tips to stay safe while having fun.
The Oregon Marine Board has published some interesting stuff here.
"The rivers are yours to discover places, waterways and islands you have not seen. This book will help you to seek out those places, to see what lies down the wandering backwater slough, to know what lies on the other side of the island and around the point. In doing so, you must occasionally leave the safety and security of the main channel. Unexpected encounters with snags, mudbanks and sandbanks might occur, but with caution, such hazards can be avoided.
My disclaimer is this: the charts and your own judgement must be your final authority. You follow the author at your own risk."