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Divers Emergency Service Recommendations, post Decompression Illness

After an episode of decompression illness, we do not stop people from diving again, generally so long as they have made a full recovery.

Below are our recommendations for divers post DCI. These usually also include a wait of 4 weeks before diving again, after complete resolution of symptoms. There is also a pdf version to print off, click:  advice_to_divers

 

 

Phone: 00 44(0)7999292999

 

ADVICE TO DIVERS FOLLOWING RECOMPRESSION TREATMENT

To be given to the diver before discharge from the unit after treatment

 

Name……………………………………………………….Date………………………………………………………….

 

1. No diving, flying or ascent to altitude (1000ft/300m) until you have been examined and declared medically fit by a doctor knowledgeable in diving medicine.

2. Please contact the Divers Emergency Service on the number above if you have any symptoms of decompression illness, including a recurrence.

3. Common symptoms of decompression illness include joint pain, numbness, weakness, tingling, dizziness, tiredness and rashes.

4. Any additional comments: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Once declared medically fit to dive after decompression illness, the following is recommended:

  1. No decompression diving, do a safety stop or extend the safety stop by minutes.
  2. No diving deeper than 30m.
  3. Use nitrox on air tables, but only if appropriately trained.
  4. Do not dive to the depth or time limits on the dive tables or dive computer.
  5. Remember that some dive computers only use decompression as an emergency procedure: Limits are there to stay away from, not work to.
  6. Stay well hydrated while diving.
  7. Dives involving the cold or heavy exercise should be even more conservative in terms of depths and times.
  8. Always adhere to safe diving practises and dive according to your training and experience.

 

Dr Oliver Sykes and The Divers Emergency Service Team

 

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