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DAN: Scuba Units Not Suitable Substitutes for Ventilators

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DAN: Scuba Units Not Suitable Substitutes for Ventilators

 

DAN has received several inquiries about the use of scuba equipment to aid in the battle against COVID-19.

Unfortunately, scuba units are not suitable substitutes for ventilators. Do not attempt to use a nonmedical device to try to treat a person with compromised lung function; this could result in severe injury or death of the patient.

On March 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance on using certain safe and effective medical devices to help mitigate shortages of ventilators. For more information, please read Ventilator Supply Mitigation Strategies: Letter to Health Care Providers.

 

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Scuba Diver ANZ Editor, Adrian Stacey, first learned to dive on the Great Barrier Reef over 24 years ago. Since then he has worked as a dive instructor and underwater photographer in various locations around the world including, Egypt, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico and Saba. He has now settled in Australia, back to where his love of diving first began.

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