Diver Medic Technician

The IMCA Diver Medic Technician Course

IMCA Accredited Diver Medical Course

Learn how to be prepared and act confidently with the knowledge and skills necessary to deal with any diving based medical emergency, by undertaking our premier Diver Medic Technician Course accredited by IMCA.

 The course is designed to cover all the subjects necessary for IMCA accreditation but also bearing in mind the need to empower students with the background knowledge, confidence and skills to act in pressurised situations. 

Subject areas covered include:

  • Catheterisation.
  • embolism
  • Squeeze
  • Ear problems – infections, barotrauma, routine hygiene in saturation environments
  • Injuries to skin and eyes
  • Near drowning, secondary drowning, vomiting under water
  • Carbon dioxide retention and poisoning
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Other breathing gas contaminants, e.g. hydrocarbons
  • Oxygen toxicity
  • Anoxia and hypoxia
  • Nitrogen narcosis
  • Underwater blast injury
  • Airway maintenance (laryngeal mask)
  • High pressure nervous syndrome (HPNS)
  • Diving accidents
  • Thermal stress – the effect of cold on divers’ performance,
  • Dental problems – recognition and first aid
  • Dangerous marine animals – treatment of common injuries
  • The first-aid equipment available at the site of a diving operation
  • The management of medical emergencies within a diving bell
  • Communications with EMS
  • Use and hazards of the drugs and intravenous fluids
  • Theoretical teaching of bladder catheterisation
  • Theoretical teaching and practice where available of Insertion of pleural drain for pneumothorax
  • Bleeding
  • Fractures, sprains and muscle trauma
  • Shock
  • Burns
  • Electric shock
  • Asphyxia, pulmonary oedema
  • Respiratory arrest
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Convulsions
  • Hypothermia
  • Hyperthermia
  • The musculo-skeletal system
  • The nervous system
  • Suturing
  • The heart, blood vessels, circulation and blood
  • The lungs
  • The ears, sinuses and vestibular organs
  • Personal hygiene in the management of injuries
  • The systematic method of examining injured or ill patients including divers
  • Methods for monitoring vital signs such as pulse, respiratory rate,
  • temperature, blood pressure
  • Methods of caring for a casualty on site and during transportation
  • The administration of oxygen:
  • Decompression illness including pulmonary barotrauma and gas
  • Setting up intravenous infusions
  • Parenteral administration of drugs

The course is run by Code Blue Education, in accordance with the specifications laid out by IMCA (The International Marine Contractors Association).

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