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Cardiopulmonary considerations for divers recovered from COVID-19 infections

Cardiopulmonary Considerations for Divers Recovered from COVID-19 Infections (As originally presented virtually June 9, 2021) This workshop will present the relevant aspects of recovery after COVID-19 infection and discuss relevant aspects  of the Post COVID-19 Syndrome (PCS), with particular ...Read more

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Cardiopulmonary Considerations for Divers Recovered from COVID-19 Infections

(As originally presented virtually June 9, 2021)

This workshop will present the relevant aspects of recovery after COVID-19 infection and discuss relevant aspects  of the Post COVID-19 Syndrome (PCS), with particular attention to issues that can affect a diver’s safety. Although some of these issues involve a variety of organ systems, this workshop will focus primarily on cardiopulmonary  concerns to include pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary oxygen toxicity, gas exchange, shunting, cardiac dysrhythmia, myocarditis, cardiomyopathy, neuro-psych issues, and vascular injury. The intended goal is to examine current  algorithms and make modifications with the most recent scientific findings related to this significant health concern. Presentations will focus on the post infection sequalae, with brief reference to prevention and acute  management when needed for deeper understanding of PCS. The goal is to develop safe, cost-effective recommendations for divers returning to diving after a COVID-19 infection that include the extremes of age and  severity of illness. The identification of screening tools readily available to the primary care physician is important given the large numbers of those infected worldwide and the need to wisely utilize finite diagnostic resources.


  • Introduction/Goals - Jim Chimiak, MD, Richard Moon, MD
  • COVID 19 overview - Bryan Kraft, MD
  • Imaging considerations - Peter Lindholm, MD, PhD


  • Dyspnea after COVID - Michael Ott, MD
  • Pulmonary implication for divers - Richard Moon, MD
  • Neuropsychological implications to diving after COVID-19 - Lindell Weaver, MD


  • Cardiac concerns, return to play - Matthew Martinez, MD
  • COVID-19: Cardiac Implications for divers - Douglas Ebersole, MD
  • Vascular injury implications for deco and VGE - David Eckmann, MD, PhD
  • DRACO - DAN COVID-19 study update - Frauke Tillmans, PhD
  • Diving after COVID-19 UCSD algorithm - Charlotte Sadler, MD

Full description of lectures, objectives, and presenter bios: click here to open

Accreditation Statement: The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical  education for physicians.


Membership discount codes for this course are not valid as it is a special rate
  • Non-Member: $100.00
  • Regular UHMS Member: $100.00
  • Associate UHMS Member: $100.00

Estimated time to complete this activity: 7.5 hours

Termination Date: September 10, 2024 or sooner if material becomes out of date after annual reviews.

Designation Statements (If you attended this pre-course via live stream on June 9th , you will not be eligible for continuing education credit again):

Physician CME: The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society designates this enduring material for a  maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing CEU: Approved license types: Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner; Clinical Nurse Specialist; Licensed Practical Nurse; Registered Nurse; Certified Nursing Assistant; Respiratory Care Practitioner  Critical Care; Respiratory Care Practitioner Non-Critical Care; Registered Respiratory Therapist; Certified Respiratory Therapist. This enduring material is approved for 7.5 contact hours by the Florida Board of  Registered Nursing Provider #50-10881.

NBDHMT: The NBDHMT does not recognize this educational program as meeting their requirements and scope for credit.

Disclaimer: The information provided at this CME activity is for Continuing Medical Education purposes only. The lecture content, statements or opinions expressed however, do not necessarily represent  those of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.

Full Disclosure Statement: All faculty members and planners participating in continuing medical education activities sponsored by Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society are expected to disclose to  the participants any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies. Full disclosure of faculty and planner relevant financial relationships will be made at the activity.

Disclosure: The following individual(s) have disclosed a relevant financial relationship with ineligible companies. Financial relationships are relevant if the following three conditions are met for the  individual who will control content of the education:

  1. A financial relationship, in any amount, exists between the person in control of content and an  ineligible company and;
  2. The content of the education is related to the products of an ineligible company with whom the  person has a financial relationship and;
  3. The financial relationship existed during the past 24 months.
    • Bryan Kraft, MD, faculty for this educational event, is a Consultant/Speaker: American  College of Chest Physicians, Boehringer Ingelheim, Shionogi Inc., La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company; Research Funding: Savara Pharmaceuticals, NIH/NHLBI, DoD and has a Patent  pending: Co-inventor, U.S. Provisional Patent Application 63/017,290, “Compositions comprising mesenchymal stromal cells for the treatment of viral infections”.

All the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated. Except for the  above-named individuals, none of the other individuals in control of content (planners/faculty/reviewers/authors) for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)  to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

No commercial support was received for this activity.

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This enduring material event is produced for online use, and was created using the following platforms:
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Frames per second: 29 frames per second

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Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality. It is the policy of the UHMS not to release any participants' name or contact information. As a registered member of UHMS, the organization will occasionally send out  electronic correspondence relating to continuing educational events.

Copyright. For the purposes of this enduring material event, UHMS owns the rights to the recorded live event and distribution rights for the video material and write/copy-protected presentations. UHMS will  NOT be distributing the individual editable presentations in PowerPoint format as it does not own the rights to the source material for the individual presentations.