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Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Emergency Services | 0 comments

Decompression Illness

Decompression Illness (DCI) is a term used to describe two diseases, Decompression Sickness (DCS) and Arterial Gas Embolism (AGE). DCS is thought to result from inert gas bubbles growing in tissues and causing damage, while AGE results from bubbles travelling through the body’s arterial circulation and causing tissue damage by blocking blood flow.

The only definitive treatment for DCI is recompression therapy in a hyperbaric chamber. Early oxygen first aid is very important in managing a case of DCI and may reduce the symptoms, however this should never change the treatment plan. Even if DCI symptoms resolve after initial oxygen breathing, they may reappear again later. Because of this, always consult a dive physician in cases of suspected DCI even if the symptoms and signs appear to have resolved.

In Cyprus contact the 24 hour helpline which provides free advice and information on +357-99-518837.

For more info, please see the Hyperbaric Therapy Treatment Centre website

Contact Details here

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