On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers

This course, On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers, is an advanced-level program that provides additional training for those individuals who have successfully completed the DAN Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries course within the past two years (24 months).


Course Objective

The DAN On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers Provider (“DAN On-Site Neuro Provider”) program is designed to:

  • Refresh the knowledge of the warning signs of a dive emergency
  • Identify when it is appropriate to conduct an on-site neurological assessment
  • Conduct an on-site neurological assessment

Learning Objectives
At the end of this program, DAN On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and identify common warning signs of decompression illness
  • Take a dive history to determine when it is appropriate to conduct a complete n-Site Neurological Assessment
  • Use an On-Site Neurological Assessment Slate to conduct a complete On-Site Neurological Assessment

Knowledge Development

  • Review of Decompression Illness
  • The Purpose of an On-Site Neurological Assessment
  • The Five Areas Evaluated as Part of an On-Site Neurological Assessment, including:
    • Mental Function
    • Cranial Nerves
    • Motor Function (Strength)
    • Sensory Function
    • Balance and Coordination

Skills Development

  • Taking a History
  • Taking Vital Signs
  • Mental Function
    • Consciousness
    • Speech and Language
    • Orientation to Time and Place
    • Judgment
    • Short-Term Memory
    • Abstract Reasoning
    • Calculations
  • Cranial Nerves
    • Eye Control
    • Facial Control
    • Facial Sensation
    • Hearing
  • Motor Function (Strength)
    • Shoulders (Deltoids)
    • Biceps
    • Triceps
    • Finger Spread
    • Grip Strength
    • Hip Flexors
    • Quadriceps
    • Hamstrings
    • Feet
  • Sensory Function
    • Light Touch
    • Sharp Touch
  • Balance and Coordination
    • Walking
    • Finger-Nose-Finger