[abstract] IDENTIFYING THE BENDS-PRONE DIVER

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[abstract] IDENTIFYING THE BENDS-PRONE DIVER

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Title: [abstract] IDENTIFYING THE BENDS-PRONE DIVER
Author: Strauss, MB
Abstract: BACKGROUND: A major unsolved problem in diving medicine is whether or not to allow a diver who has had an episode of decompression sickness (DCS), but did not violate the diving tables (or dive computer) return to diving. METHODS: This presentation reviews factors which contribute to bends resistance as well as those associated with bends proneness. The factor of disordered decompression (Strauss) is a new consideration which helps explain why many cases of apparently undeserved DCS occur. RESULTS: Four cases of apparently undeserved DCS managed by the author revealed that bends proneness factors contributed to and/or caused decompression sickness in each case. This information allowed the author to use more objectivity in making a decision whether or not each patient should return to diving. CONCLUSION: Current diving medicine standards of practice require special scrutiny of the diver with undeserved DCS, especially with respect to the decision whether or not to resume SCUBA diving. Identifying bends proneness factors aids the decision making process.
Description: Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. (http://www.uhms.org )
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/283
Date: 1997

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