Wilderness: Decompression Illness (cont.)
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Ivette Motola, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
James Kimo Takayesu, MD
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wilderness: decompression illness, decompression illness, CPR, hyperbaric oxygen treatment, scuba diving, the bends, decompression sickness
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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.