- Hyperbaric medicine
- Information guide
- Future hyperbaric chamber
When the Central Nervous System (CNS) and/or spinal cord are damaged, the situation is critical and requires urgent treatment. In severe cases (e.g. uncontrolled surfacing, loss of consciousness, or life threatening symptoms) immediate recompression is essential. A short delay can be allowed for the surface examination of the injured diver by diving medical personnel, preferably a hyperbaric doctor level II.
The examination may be completed in the chamber at treatment pressure; however, at greater depths, this will prove difficult because of the noise, heat, and narcosis. Since the treatment for severe, Type II DCS is designed to deal with “worst case scenarios”, any other related symptom will be appropriately treated at the same time.The symptoms of serious DCS, in order of occurence, include: