Neurological assessments

If you spend a lot of time in remote areas, you may eventually need to conduct a neurological assessment of a traveling companion. Knowing how to conduct neurological assessments is especially useful for divers because dive-related maladies such as decompression illness can often have neurological manifestations.

The following links are aimed primarily at divers, but much of the information is also relevant to nondiving situations. 

Field Neurology for Divers

An article titled “Field Neurology for Divers” published in DAN’s Alert Diver magazine contains detailed advice on conducting a neurological exam in the field. Read the article at

A video showing how to conduct a neurological assessment is available at

Neurological Assessment Course

DAN offers a course in conducting neurological assessments that
divers and other travelers may find useful. For more information, see


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