The Coast Guard has no statutory responsibility for providing treatment for decompression sickness other than assisting in locating a treatment facility and trasporting.
When transporting treat for shock but do not elevate the legs.
- air bubbles in the divers blood, mostly found in divers that hold there breath during ascent. Victims may have convulsions and can quickly lose consciosness.
decompression sickness, result of coming up to quickly from a deep, prolonged dive. Rapid ascent defeats the body's ability to filter escaping gases through the lungs resulting in nitrogen gas bubbles in the blood stream.
Onset- up to 48 hours to appear.
Divers Increase risk if they fly within 12 hours after dive.
- Signs and Symptoms:
- Deep pain to the muscles and joints
- Labored Breathing
- Chest Pains
- Blotches on the skin (mottling)
- *Immediately notify EMS and start transport to nearest recompression facility.
- *Place the diver on his/her left side with head down, and provide oxygen if available.
- *Treat for shock.
- *Get dive profile
- *Secure dive gear for transport with patient.
- Each District Rescue Coordination Center(RCC) and Group Operations Center (OPCEN)
- has information on all rempression chambers located within its area of operations. In addition, Diver's Alert Network (DAN) can be contacted by telephone for further assistance at (919)684-8111
- Info to be passed:
- *Depth of the victim's diving activities.
- *Number of dives that day.
- *Victim's overall medical condition including current level of consciousness.
- *First occurence of victim's symptoms.
- *Problems which may have occured during the dive, such as panic ascent, loss of air at depth, or equipment failure.