[abstract] DIVERS ALERT NETWORK RECOMPRESSION CHAMBER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

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[abstract] DIVERS ALERT NETWORK RECOMPRESSION CHAMBER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

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Title: [abstract] DIVERS ALERT NETWORK RECOMPRESSION CHAMBER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.
Author: Dovenbarger, JA; Burman, F; Pollock, NW
Abstract: INTRODUCTION: The Recompression Chamber Assistance Program (RCAP) was developed as an outreach initiative by DAN America in 1993 and DAN Southern Africa in 1997 to assist under-funded and/or under-supported facilities, usually located in remote areas and dedicated to the treatment of recreational diving emergencies. The program is designed to help ensure universal compliance with international treatment standards. We review the program here. METHODS: Facilities apply for RCAP support through an annual competitive process. Primary selection criteria include financial need and intent to comply with minimum standards. Selected facilities are assessed by RCAP-funded engineering/operations professionals who complete risk, minimal code compliance, operations and documentation assessments. Comprehensive reports aid facilities in compliance efforts. Direct support covers necessary equipment and facility upgrades, physician/staff training and maintenance needs. The program effectiveness is evaluated for each facility by improvements in technical capability, staff and patient safety, and compliance with international standards. RESULTS: Fifty-four facilities in 29 countries have received on-site assessment and support through RCAP (1997-2006): 26 received training support (on-site or travel/tuition awards); 11 received equipment grants (oxygen system components, essential maintenance spares, replacement acrylic windows, and patient monitors); and approximately half received ongoing technical support. Subjective feedback indicates that participating facilities are more motivated to maintain and improve facilities and, most importantly, feel they have access to a crucial resource to guide their efforts. RCAP is funded by member donations (61.5%), individual patron donors (37%), and extramural fundraising (1.5%); and was recently identified as a priority initiative for DAN America. CONCLUSIONS: RCAP provides technical, resource and educational support for remote facilities that exist to aid divers in need. The program is a valuable outreach enterprise that helps to ensure that all such facilities meet or exceed minimal operational and professional standards. The program is expected to expand as directed fundraising efforts increase.
Description: Abstract of the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society 2008 Annual Scientific Meeting June 26-28, 2008 Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown, Salt Lake City, Utah.
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/7834
Date: 2008

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