February 2018

MUD Club
Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Andrews University, Biology Amphitheater, Price Hall
Berrien Springs, MI

Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.
(3rd Tuesday of every month except December)

February Meeting:
Normal Meeting sequence is as follows:

      • 1. Introduce Visitors.
      • 2. Present Specific Club Information.

      2018 DUES are DUE!  You can pay at the meeting or send your dues to:
      Ric Kling, 5191 Territorial Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022.
      Make the check out to Ric and note it is for 2018 MUD dues.

      • 3. Identify dive events upcoming or planned. (Dives & Road Trips).
        Feb 17: Our World Underwater – Chicago
        March 3: Great Lakes Shipwrecks – Lansing
        March 17-18 Wolfs Open House – Benton Harbor
      • 4. Identify & discuss diving related news important to divers.
      • 5. Present any Show & Tell.
      • 6. Attendees speak about current diving experiences or lessons learned.
      • 7. Open session.

 January Meeting Highlights:

 There were 16 members present and 1 guest (James Beedell). Started the meeting off with a notice who are the 2018 Officers. Mary Beth Thar (President), Richard Curtis (VP), Ric Kling (Treasurer) and Don McAlhany (Newsletter/ Club Web Site).

Discussed upcoming diving seminars at OWU (Chicago), the Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival (Lancing) and the cancellation of Ghost ships (WI). Announced the opportunity for certified divers to come to the January “Discover Scuba Class” at the St. Joseph HS pool and check out full face mask with commo, diver propulsion vehicles (U/W scooters),  check out those shrinking wet suits and check dry suits for leaks in warm water. Had several members volunteer to attend and help with registration and needed manual labor. Noted that an Ice Diving class (classroom presentation) would also be available that Saturday evening. Discussed purchasing a replacement of the clubs Ice Diving Shed, passed a resolution for funds to refurbish a donated AED for use at club dives and functions, and passed a resolution to pay gas & travel expenses when having the Toy Box (large heated shelter) brought to club sponsored events. The club is looking to sponsor a first aid and CPR Classes for interested divers and others at a future date. Looking for instructors and assistants to present. Asked if there were any volunteers interested in setting up and presiding over a Divers Booth at the Sports Man Banquet if ask this year. No volunteers thus far. And yes there were some discussion of current dives (in warm salt water) and shipwrecks.

2018 Diver Related Events:

  • “Feb 17-18 “Our World-Underwater XLVIII”, Chicago, Il;
  • March 3rd “Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival”, Washtenaw Community College,
  • March 17-18 “Wolfs Open House” – Benton Harbor
  • March 24 “Mysteries & Histories” Shipwreck Show, Holland, MI.

 Thrill of the Chill Dives:

““Thrill of the Chill” dives. As always please keep updating the club site on Facebook for “Time & Place” for Dives.

Check out these dive shops that Muddy Divers use:

Wolf’s Marine Dive Shop B.H, MI (http://www.wolfsmarine.com/DiveShop.aspx)

Sub Aquatic Sports & Service Battle Creek, MI (http://www.sassdive.com)

Divers Inc. Ann Arbor, MI (http://www.diversinc.com)

Hart City Scuba Elkhart, IN (http://www.hartcityscuba.com)

Just Add H2O South Bend, IN [Michiana Divers] (http://www.justaddh2o.us.com)

Altek Sports West Michigan Adaptive Diving Zeeland, MI (http://www.alteksports.com/)

Divers Corner:
                                   FIRST AID: Assessing Basic Vital Signs

 Assessing vital signs (“vitals”) is a key component of good first aid. It consists of taking a series of simple measurements that provide data about a body’s functioning. These measurements can help reveal how sick or hurt a patient is and, when taken over time, whether he is getting better or worse.

Sets of vitals that are outside normal ranges typically indicate the need for some treatment or possible evacuation to a higher level of care. Vital signs that move increasingly further from their normal range over time may indicate an even more urgent need for evacuation.

Time: Organize and keep track of your measurements, it is very important to document the time of day along with each set of vital signs.

Level of Responsiveness: An injured person’s mental status, or level of responsiveness, is probably the most important vital sign. To assess a patient’s level of responsiveness, begin talking to the person. If the person is able to respond to you, ask him the following questions:

 What is your name?  Where are we?  What time is it (approximately)?  What happened?

it’s also helpful to write down a qualifying term. Helpful qualifiers include “irritable,” “anxious” or “combative.”

Pulse: A strong heartbeat is required to ensure an adequate supply of oxygenated blood to the body’s tissues. To assess the pulse in an unconscious person, use the carotid artery in the neck. Place two of your fingers gently on the patient’s trachea and slide them laterally. Do not reach across the trachea (use the near side), and do not try to assess on both sides of the neck at once.

You should feel the pulse in the carotid artery right next to the trachea. In a conscious patient, it is best to find the radial pulse on the wrist; this is less invasive. Count the number of beats in 15 seconds. Multiply this number by four, and you’ll have the patient’s heart rate in beats per minute.

Respiration: Since the body can survive for only a few minutes without oxygen, it’s important to check the function of the respiratory system. As with pulse, measuring the rhythm and quality of respirations is important. Rhythm will be either regular or irregular. Watch the chest to rise. If you’re unable to detect respirations by watching the chest, it might be helpful to watch the abdomen or the shoulders instead. Words like “unlabored,” “gasping,” “wheezing” or “labored” are used to describe the quality of respirations. An adult at rest typically breathes between 12 and 18 times per minute, regular and unlabored.

Skin: Skin is the body’s largest organ, and it can be an excellent window into the body’s functioning. If the skin is pale, cool and clammy, this is a sign that the body’s resources (i.e., blood) are being diverted to more vital organs. When assessing the skin, you should take note of three different characteristics: color, temperature and moisture.

Level of responsiveness, pulse, respirations and skin condition are by no means the only vital signs, but they are important and relatively easy to assess. The only equipment necessary to measure these is a watch, a pen and paper. Other vital signs include blood pressure, lung sounds, pupils and body temperature. Though training, experience or equipment may limit your ability to care for an injured buddy in a remote environment, assessing basic vitals is something just about anybody can do to help.

Go to https://www.diversalertnetwork.org/medical/articles/Assessing_Basic_Vital_Signs for additional details


 Words of wisdom are most often generated from an adverse learning “experience”
Surface support is seldom thought about until its needed.
You got in the water easy enough but can you get out just as easily?
It’s easier to turn your tank valve on while on the surface rather than under the water
Remember: ANYONE can call off a dive at any time.
In other words, it’s always OK to say “No”.

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