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Wilderness: Decompression Illness (cont.)

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Decompression Illness Treatment

  • Give 100% oxygen to a person with decompression illness.
  • If the person with decompression illnesshas nausea or is not fully conscious, place that personon his or her side.
  • Administer IV fluids if possible. Otherwise, administer sips of nonalcoholic, clear liquids as tolerated.
  • Administer CPR if necessary.

When to Seek Medical Care

  • Seek medical treatment in all cases of decompression illness.
  • Arrange hyperbaric oxygen treatment for a person with decompression illness as soon as possible (see diving emergency contacts).

For More Information

Hyperbaric Medicine Unit, Decompression Illness

Divers Alert Network (DAN), About DAN

MedlinePlus, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Medically reviewed by Donald Lee, DO; Board Certified Family Practice


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/2/2014
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