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Wilderness: Decompression Illness (cont.)

Decompression Illness Treatment

  • Give 100% oxygen to a person with decompression illness.


  • If the person with decompression illness has nausea or is not fully conscious, place that person on his or her side.


  • Administer IV fluids if possible. Otherwise, administer sips of nonalcoholic, clear liquids as tolerated.


  • Administer CPR if necessary.

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