Decompression sickness

Author: Michal Vondráček, Lenka Šrahulková, Ľubica Joppeková, Martin Janků

Institution: Faculty of Medicine at Masaryk University in Brno

Medical discipline: Emergency Medicine

Keywords: Caisson disease | Decompression sickness | DCS | Hyperbaric medicine | Hyperbaric oxygen therapy | diving | water rescue

Educational evel: Undergraduate level | Graduate

Decompression sickness (also known as caisson disease) affects mainly divers, but may also affect airmen or astronauts. It is a very dangerous condition that can easily kill the person. In our algorithm, we focused on highlighting the various symptoms of decompression sickness, the importance of pre-hospital care, and the hyperbaric chamber. Furthermore, we want to familiarize the investigator with the indications and contraindications of therapy in the hyperbaric chamber. Although this is not a common disease in our country, anything can happen and you will find yourself in a situation where you will have to deal with decompression sickness.

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Diving medicine is for many an unknown or fairly marginal field of expertise. Therefore I welcome very nice algorithm on decompression sickness cases, furthermore on the learning platform I believe that this example will be an inspiration for further education in this interesting field.

publikováno: 22. 5. 2019 | last modified on: 28. 5. 2020