Wilderness: Decompression Illness Topic Guide
Scuba Diving: Decompression Illness: Decompression illness is a serious condtion that usually follows improper rapid changes in atmospheric pressure, such as with scuba diving. This serious condition, classified in two types, can affect:
Decompression Syndromes: The Bends The bends, or decompression sickness occur when nitrogen bubbles expand in the bloodstream and tissues when a scuba diver surfaces too fast. Treatment for the bends is done in a recompression chamber.