How can DCS be avoided?
Here's a look at some of the best tips we've come across to avoid decompression sickness and minimize the risk of ever experiencing it ourselves:
- Plan,Plan, Plan.
- Don't dive drunk or high.
- Stay hydrated.
- Adhere to safety stops and a slow ascent rate.
- Don't fly immediately after diving.
Symptoms of nitrogen narcosis include: wooziness; giddiness; euphoria; disorientation; loss of balance; loss of manual dexterity; slowing of reaction time; fixation of ideas; and impairment of complex reasoning. These effects are exacerbated by cold, stress, and a rapid rate of compression.
- 10 Tips for Avoiding Nitrogen Narcosis
- 10 Tips to Avoid Nitrogen Narcosis. Take a course in deep diving from a qualified instructor.
- Be rested. Fatigue accentuates nitrogen narcosis.
- Be clean and sober.
- Exhale thoroughly.
- Plan your dive, dive your plan.
- Watch yourself.
- Watch your buddy.
- Don't become fatigued.
- The bends, also known as decompression sickness (DCS) or Caisson disease occurs in scuba divers or high altitude or aerospace events when dissolved gases (mainly nitrogen) come out of solution in bubbles and can affect just about any body area including joints, lung, heart, skin and brain.
- What measures can be taken to avoid decompression sickness? Dive within the limits set out in the diving tables. Keep your rate of ascent to a maximum 10 metres a minute. Don't plan any dives that need a decompression stop in the water.
Decompression sickness: Often called "the bends," decompression sickness happens when a scuba diver ascends too quickly. Divers breathe compressed air that contains nitrogen. At higher pressure under water, the nitrogen gas goes into the body's tissues. This doesn't cause a problem when a diver is down in the water.
- Bends. The bends is a painflul condition that occurs in scuba divers who ascend too quickly or in aviators flying at high altitudes. Also called decompression sickness, the bends results when bubbles from dissolved gases form in the blood or in tissues because of rapidly decreasing pressure.
- Scuba diving, while enjoyable, does carry the risk of decompression sickness, also known as "the bends." It is a serious, and potentially lethal disease, but treatable if diagnosed early. Serious cases of the bends can result in coma or death.
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Scuba diving, while enjoyable, does carry the risk of decompression sickness, also known as "the bends." It is a serious, and potentially lethal disease, but treatable if diagnosed early. Serious cases of the bends can result in coma or death.
- Barotrauma typically occurs when the organism is exposed to a significant change in ambient pressure, such as when a scuba diver, a free-diver or an airplane passenger ascends or descends, or during uncontrolled decompression of a pressure vessel such as a diving chamber or pressurised aircraft, but can also be caused
- Symptoms of decompression sickness include:
- Joint pain.
- Difficulty thinking clearly.
- Extreme fatigue.
- Tingling or numbness.
- Weakness in arms or legs.
- A skin rash.
- If DCS is suspected, it is treated by hyperbaric oxygen therapy in a recompression chamber. If treated early, there is a significantly higher chance of successful recovery.
Updated: 3rd October 2019