Decompression Syndromes: The Bends (cont.)
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The Bends Prevention
Decompression illness or the bends and other types of barotrauma (decompression sickness) may be prevented by following guidelines for diving taught in professional diving courses.
The following actions increase risk of developing decompression illness:
Scott D. Fell, DO, FAAEM
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Although decompression sickness (DCS), a complex resulting from changed barometric pressure, includes high-altitude–related and aerospace-related events, this article focuses on decompression associated with the sudden decrease in pressures during underwater ascent, usually occurring during free or assisted dives.