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Scuba Diving: Carbon Dioxide Poisoning

What is Carbon Dioxide Poisoning?

  • Inadequate ventilation when scuba diving results in carbon dioxide build-up.
  • Inadequate breathing, a tight wetsuit, overexertion, regulator malfunction, deep diving, and contamination of the air supply with exhaled gases often cause a carbon dioxide buildup.
  • Carbon dioxide levels in the blood can increase, causing shortness of breath and sedation, resulting in carbon dioxide toxicity.

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