Diver Medic Field Operations: A Practical Guide

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About the author:
Ronald Ellerman, B.S., AAS, retired from the Fire Service as a Shift Commander with over 32 years' experience. Commander Ellerman, along with his normal firefighting duties, acted as the commanding chief officer for the Emergency Medical Service and Special Operations divisions of the fire department. He was involved in every facet of EMS and Special Operations from training, protocol and operational development, equipment specification, and purchasing. He has been a licensed Emergency Medical Technician since 1975 and an Emergency Medical Technician Instructor Coordinator since 1984 and a Diver Medical Technician instructor since 1998, developing and conducting a variety of medical training programs including Emergency Medical Technician, Advanced Prehospital Trauma Life Support, Remote Duty Medic, Tactical Emergency Medical Technician, and Diver Medic.
His diving career began in the mid-1970s as a public safety and inland commercial diver. Commander Ellerman has been involved in all aspects of diving and diver training, including advanced training in response to diver emergencies. Students he has trained over the years include military, special operations, commercial off-shore, saturation, and recreational divers, along with emergency medical personnel who respond to diver emergencies. He currently works with, and supports, one of the worlds' busiest hyperbaric chambers for diving injuries located in Central America and has done so for the past 14 years. This work has allowed him to be involved in the treatment of hundreds, upon hundreds, of Miskito Indian lobster divers who have suffered severe Type II DCS injuries along with injured recreational divers.
Currently, Commander Ellerman and Cornerstone Medical Services hold dual accreditation from both the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology and the International Marine Contractors Association as a Diver Medic training facility and instructor.
Commander Ellerman is also the author of the textbook; Diver Medical Technician: Care of the Injured Diver and the field operations guide, Remote Medic Field Guide: A Practical Approach.

Diver Medic Field Operations: A Practical Guide

Authored by CMDR Ronald L. Ellerman
Edition: 1

Diver Medic Field Operations: A Practical Guide is just that, a practical guide. This text has been written to provide trained Diver Medics with a reference guide to care for individuals in need of not only emergency care but also many of the non-emergent clinical medical issues that arise in remote locations. It is assumed that the medics utilizing this material are trained to a level of at least emergency medical technician or equivalent and are properly supplied and equipped.
This is not a survival or 'do-it-yourself' manual. Rather it is a combination of several fields of medicine and treatment regimens that would apply to the Diver Medic's skill set in an isolated area. In many cases, the Diver Medic working in the remote areas of the world, isolated from definitive healthcare facilities or advanced emergency medical services, may be the only source of healthcare for those in their charge. As such, their medical mission will not be limited to providing just emergency care to those critically ill or injured. It will also involve dealing with common medical issues that are experienced on a day-to-day basis.
The working environment could be an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico or the North Sea, an isolated installation in the Middle East, or a saturation habitat stored at 1000 fsw (300+ meters). Not ideal conditions by any means. Evacuation or advanced assistance can be hours, if not days away.
The information contained in this book is presented in a straight forward, nuts-and-bolts manner. The clinical issues are formatted in a, 'what it is, what causes it, what are the signs and symptoms, and how do we treat it' manner for ease of use. It is sincerely hoped that this practical guide will find its way into every Diver Medic's kit and make life a little easier along the way.

Publication Date:
1480055115 / 9781480055117
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Medical / Emergency Medicine

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