Statement on New Guidelines for DAN Instructors
Last Updated: 11/4/2010 3:33:45 PM
DAN Education comments on New ILCOR Guidelines for CPR and First Aid
Last week, the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation and the American Heart Association released the 2010 Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiac Care. In the coming months, the Divers Alert Network® (DAN®)Education department will make adjustments to DAN training programs to bring those courses into line with the new recommendations.
Until those courses are revised, DAN Providers should continue to perform CPR the way they were last taught in a CPR class. The release of new guidelines DOES NOT imply that treatment involving the use of earlier guidelines is either unsafe or ineffective. DAN Instructors should also continue to offer classes as they are currently written until the programs have been revised.
“The new guidelines support our current practices and offer evidence-based refinements that both simplify and improve the confidence we have when providing emergent care,” said Dr. Nick Bird, DAN chief medical officer.
Throughout the fourth quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of 2011 DAN Education will be revising training materials and DAN programs. These revised materials are scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2011.
Relevant Changes to CPR and ECC:
- Continued emphasis on circulation, focusing on the quality of chest compressions. Priority of care has been reorganized to reflect that providers will now be trained to address circulation first, followed by airway and breathing (C-A-B).
- For suspected drowning in an adult, as a lone rescuer you should administer two minutes of CPR prior to leaving to activate emergency medical services.
- Routine administration of oxygen in first aid situations is no longer recommended, except in the case of divers with suspected decompression illness. That use was reinforced.
- With all jellyfish stings, including Portuguese Man-O-War, you should wash the affected area with 4 to 6 percent acetic acid, followed by heat for pain control.
- In-water resuscitation should be used only if it does not delay removing the unconscious diver from the water.