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Decompression Sickness/DCS/Decompression Illness/DCI Information

For your guide to Decompression Illness (DCI), select a topic below for the answers to many of the typical questions asked by divers.

Decompression Illness (DCI) Background Information

To understand how decompression illness can occur and how it can be treated it is important to know how gases (in particular nitrogen and oxygen) behave under pressure. more background information about Decompression Illness (DCI) »

Types of Decompression Illness (DCI)

The term decompression illness (DCI) is applied to a variety of signs and symptoms that may be observed in, or suffered by an individual who has at some recent time moved from an exposure of a high ambient pressure to a lower pressure. These signs and symptoms can vary enormously. more information about types of Decompression Illness (DCI) »

How to Diagnose Decompression Illness (DCI)

When a diver is unwell, or has any symptoms of decompression illness (DCI) after a dive it is essential to remember that the symptoms or signs are pressure-related until proven otherwise. more information about how to diagnose Decompression Illness (DCI) »

Causes of Decompression Illness (DCI)

Decompression illness (DCI) may occur even if the decompression tables and no-decompression limits are strictly observed. Other factors can increase the chances of a diver getting 'the bends'. more information about the causes of Decompression Illness (DCI) »

Decompression Illness (DCI) Avoidance

Advice on ways a scuba diver can reduce the chances of getting decompression illness (DCI). more information about Decompression Illness (DCI) avoidance »

Decompression Illness (DCI) Treatment

Advice on the treatment of a diver suffering from decompression illness (DCI) from: pre-hospital care to emergency department care and hyperbaric treatment. more information about treatment of Decompression Illness (DCI) »

Decompression Illness (DCI) Denial

If you have been diving the week before and develop a joint pain, tingling, fatigue or numbness then do not assume it is anything other than decompression illness (DCI). more information about Decompression Illness (DCI) Denial »

Failure to treat Decompression Illness (DCI)

What happens if decompression illness/decompression sickness/the bends remains untreated. What symptoms may persist and what further complications can occur if DCI fails to be treated in a decompression chamber. more information about what happens if Decompression Illness (DCI) is left untreated »

What happens after Decompression Illness (DCI), Decompression Illness (DCI) Follow Up

What happens after treatment for decompression illness (DCI) in a hyperbaric chamber. more information about what happens after DCI treatment »

Decompression Illness (DCI) Treatment Costs

NHS funding for hyperbaric treatment in the UK. more information about costs involved in Decompression Illness (DCI) treatment »

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