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Health & Diving
Decompression Sickness

Decompression Sickness

Subsequent Evaluation

First aid is just the first step in treating an affected diver. Anyone who has experienced symptoms associated with DCS is advised to seek subsequent medical evaluation. This should occur even if the diver's symptoms improved or disappeared upon the administration of oxygen, since subtle issues can be missed or symptoms can return once oxygen delivery is stopped. For the same reason, it is advisable to seek input from an experienced dive-medicine specialist — someone aware of all the nuances in the presentation, course and treatment of DCS.
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