DAN’s initial response to any diving injury or illness is to ensure that the diver receives appropriate first aid, and is evaluated by a medical professional, followed by the initiation of any required treatment which may include a hyperbaric chamber.
The standard of care for many diving illnesses is recompression. It is therefore essential that DAN not only knows where suitable recompression facilities are located, but also that they are able to be used to treat injured divers. To address this, DAN has three programs to support and collaborate with hyperbaric facilities.
Recompression Chamber Network (RCN)
The recompression chamber network (RCN) is a global database of hyperbaric chambers that are available for treatment of DCI. The network is updated often to add new chambers and reflect changes in chamber availability.
Recompression Chamber Assistance Program (RCAP)
The recompression chamber assistance program (RCAP) provides support to chambers in need primarily through donations and grants. On-site training and safety risk assessments, scholarships, advice and even essential equipment are all available to qualifying recompression chamber facilities.
Preferred Provider Network (PPN)
The recompression chamber preferred provider network (PPN) is intended to ensure prompt treatment, support and assured reimbursement to chambers in need of financial resources. It is available by invitation.