Posts with the tag “dcs”
What Dive Computers Don\'t Know | PART 2
March 15th, 2023
The dive computer on your wrist does not know if you are overweight, have a PFO, if you donated blood the day before or previously suffered a case of DCS. I...
Toughing It Out Is Dangerous
March 15th, 2023
This story about a diver who pushed past his limits and overexerted himself is a testament to the importance of caution, being aware of your divers, and remembering that DAN is here in case of an emer...
After the Accident
February 23rd, 2023
Only trained and certified practitioners should administer emergency oxygen and psychological first aid to individuals in need....
Trouble In Galápgos
December 4th, 2022
There were no significant events on any of the simple, recreational dives. Still, there was a current on the surface, and the diver assumed her shoulder pain was from the exertion required to get back...
Could optimising a diver’s hydration and temperature improve their decompression safety?
September 25th, 2022
An astute researcher noticed that there was a slightly higher incident rate of DCS that would otherwise have been expected for those US Navy divers, who were involved in the salvage and recovery of th...
Mistakes and Bad Decisions
September 15th, 2022
It is a testament to DAN’s efficiency and reputation that the hospital didn’t once bother me about payment. I was on oxygen all night with occasional breaks for air since the hyperbaric doctor wouldn’...
Not in Denial
September 14th, 2022
The ER was not busy that afternoon. The doctor listened to my symptoms and understood I wanted to get to the chamber. He called the DAN hotline and spoke with the medic, who connected him with the D...
DCS and Denial
May 30th, 2022
DCS is often unpredictable, but regardless of the dive profile, a diver who has symptoms after diving should be evaluated by a doctor. If you ever suspect DCS, trust your instincts and don’t delay — ...
A Hole in My Heart
April 7th, 2022
During the summer of 2019, our group visited Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Michigan to dive the historic shipwrecks from the late 1800s that rest nearly intact in 160 to 200 fe...
More Than a Sore Shoulder
March 30th, 2022
When reflecting on what likely went wrong, I realized that my 15 minutes of cold decompression after 45 minutes of comfortably warm ongassing at depth was a textbook case of what not to do. While it w...
DIVERS LOSING ACCESS TO EMERGENCY CARE
February 3rd, 2022
The harsh reality is that the percentage of hyperbaric medicine programs introduced during the last decade that are available on a 24/7 basis to treat divers and these other emergent conditions has co...
UNCERTAINTY AFTER DIVING: Case Report and Recommendations #4
February 3rd, 2022
The signs and symptoms of DCS are not exclusive to that condition. However, when a person experiences signs or symptoms after diving, DCS is very often presumed to be the diagnosis. This is not all ba...
UNCERTAINTY AFTER DIVING: Case Report and Recommendations #2
February 3rd, 2022
Medications can also affect your ability to function normally, regardless of whether you’re on land or underwater. Common seasickness medications, for example, come with advisories stating that they m...
BACK TO BASICS : UNDERSTANDING DECOMPRESSION ILLNESS
January 18th, 2022
Divers face two types of decompression-related injury: decompression sickness (DCS) and arterial gas embolism (AGE). Collectively, these conditions are often lumped together and referred to as decompr...
It Can Happen to Anyone
November 19th, 2021
Our divemaster immediately gave me 100 percent oxygen and notified the captain. We quickly returned to the resort dock. At some point during the ride back they had called to shore and contacted DAN, w...
DCS in Cozumel
July 30th, 2021
The reality is that not identifying a cause should not change your response to experiencing symptoms. There’s a tendency to not talk about getting DCS — the prevailing wisdom being that the diver must...
March 28th, 2020
A condition or injury that compromises the blood supply to tissues may theoretically impair inert gas uptake and elimination....
Getting Decompression Sickness while Freediving
March 27th, 2020
Over the past few years only a few cases of DCS during freediving have been reported, and they all were associated with repeated deep dives over a short time. Since there is little information, statis...
Nine factors that play a major role in a scuba diver’s dehydration
July 15th, 2019
Since blood is partially responsible for the transportation of nutrients and for gas exchange, thickened blood will affect the off-gassing of nitrogen and increase the risk of developing DCS....
The Nitrogen Saturation Myth
February 7th, 2019
Efforts to determine the origin of this misunderstanding have thus far proven unsuccessful. Similarly, there are reports of chamber operators actually propagating this myth by offering routine “nitrog...
Diving with Chemotherapy
September 6th, 2018
Returning to diving after any major health issue, including cancer, is that you should be released by your physician for full and unrestricted activity, with no limitations on mobility or lifting and ...
Return to Diving
September 5th, 2018
Conservative diving is strongly recommended to avoid a repeat DCS incident. Being conservative is a trade-off. Divers want to maximize their bottom time to get the most out of every dive, but that max...
Taravana: Fact or Falacy?
May 30th, 2018
The condition, known as “taravana” amongst pearl divers of the Tuamotus (a chain of islands and atolls in French Polynesia), has increasingly become accepted as a unique form of DCI ...
Post Decompression sickness
April 9th, 2018
It is possible that residual sensitivity arising from the decompression insult is responsible for the subsequent symptoms....
Inert gas washout FAQ
April 6th, 2018
The deeper and longer the dive, the more gas accumulates. In cases of DCS, the inert gas load exceeds the tissues’ capacity, so bubbles form....
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