Friday, April 14, 2006

EDTC Introduces new book Medical Assessment of Working Divers

European Diving Technology Committee introduces new book Medical Assessment of Working Divers

A new book from the European Diving Technology Committee (EDTC) ‘Medical Assessment of Working Divers’ is supported by IMCA – the International Marine Contractors Association – who provided a grant towards publication of the manual for the benefit of medical examiners worldwide who are trained to EDTC standards.

Edited by Jürg Wendling, David Elliott and the late Tor Nome, the book provides a desktop guide for those undertaking medical assessments, bringing together the EDTC ‘Fitness-to-Dive Standards’ with an extensive desktop reference for medical examiners of divers.

Sections are devoted to the principles of assessment; general guidelines – assessment of organ systems; an extensive 140-page reference section covering otorhinolaryngology, respiratory system, heart and circulation, nervous system, psychiatry, internal organs, musculoskeletal system, eyes, paediatrics [Hugh/Jane: in the book it is actually called ‘pediatrics’ but as we are English it seems odd to send it out like that in a release!]; the range of activities necessitating fitness; appendices covering reliable tests of physical fitness, guidelines for medical training in diving (and hyperbaric) medicine EDTC/ECHM, and recommendations of the 6th ECHM Consensus Conference on Prevention of dysbaric injuries in diving and hyperbaric work; a bibliography of current literature; national references of authorities and scientific societies; and a full index.
The material can also be seen in a PDF file at this address: http://www.edtc.org/EDTC-Fitnesstodivestandard-2003.pdf