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Decompression Sickness

Qualifications

Cases treated immediately are usually resolved with only one treatment. Attention must be directed to cases with delay in reaching the chamber of very severe cases which could require prolonged (several days). chamber treatment and/or repeated daily treatments. In view of modern hyperbaric medcine, these measures are fully accepted by the committee.

Rationale

This disorder is treatable only in the recompression or hyperbaric chamber. Treatment protocols based on over 100 years experience are used and need no further discussion.

Cost Impact

Only those people exposed to increased ambient pressure or who suffer decompression sickness at altitudes are affected. Therefore, the number of cases will be small.

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