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Wilderness: Decompression Illness (cont.)

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).

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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.

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