Hazardous Marine Life Injuries

HMLI

Although serious hazardous marine life injuries are rare, most divers experience minor discomfort from unintentional encounters with fire coral, jellyfish and other marine creatures at some point in their dive careers. Knowing how to minimize these injuries helps you reduce diver discomfort and pain.

The First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries program is designed to provide knowledge regarding specific types of marine creature injuries and the general first aid treatment for those injuries. In addition, this course will introduce divers to the identification of potentially hazardous marine life and how to avoid hazardous marine life injuries.

You Will Learn:
• How to identify the four types of hazardous marine life injuries
• The names of at least five venomous marine animals
• Five common warning signs of an envenomation
• The appropriate first aid procedure for managing a venomous marine animal injury
• The names of at least three aquatic animals that may bite a diver
• Two common warning signs of marine animal bite
• The appropriate first aid procedure for managing a bite from a marine animal
• The names of at least three marine animals that may cause irritations to the diver
• At least four common warning signs of irritations
• The appropriate first aid procedure for accidental contact with aquatic life
• Two common types of seafood poisonings
• At least three types of fish that can cause seafood poisoning
• Three common warning signs of seafood poisoning
• The reason why evaluation by a medical professional is necessary when seafood poisoning is suspected
• The appropriate first aid procedures for managing suspected seafood poisoning
• How to perform a scene safety assessment
• The steps in performing a scene safety assessment
• How to Assess the Airway, Breathing and Circulation (ABCs) of an injured diver
• How to demonstrate a caring attitude towards a diver who becomes ill or injured
• How to establish and maintain the Airway and Breathing (perform Rescue Breathing) for an injured diver
• The importance of the use of supplemental oxygen as a first aid measure for injured divers
• The techniques for controlling bleeding including direct pressure, elevation and the use of pressure dressings and pressure points
• The location and use of pressure points to control external bleeding
• How to apply dressings and bandages to manage wounds caused by hazardous marine life
• How to provide an ongoing assessment and manage shock
• The pressure immobilization technique
• The components of an Emergency Assistance Plan
• At least five techniques or guidelines that minimize the risk of injury from marine animals


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