Recompression Chamber Locations
Why DAN Doesn't Provide Chamber
DAN frequently consults on the care, transport and hyperbaric
treatment of injured divers, but does not provide chamber location information.
This is an effort to get divers with a suspected Decompression Illness into
hospital care. In the past, divers would often drive past legitimate healthcare
facilities to get to a recompression chamber. Even when divers surface with
clear symptoms of an arterial gas embolism, the treatment of choice is the local
emergency service and hospital. Your best option is to use existing emergency
services for an injured diver.
- Hospitals and urgent care facilities
have an unlimited supply of oxygen, intravenous fluids and medications.
- A physician/emergency care provider
needs to rule out other illness such as pneumothorax (collapsed lung),
myocardial infarction (heart attack), and neurological and musculoskeletal
injuries with symptoms similar to DCI.
- An injured patient needs to be
stabilized before and during transport, and should be transferred under
- Transporting a diver without a
proper evaluation may adversely affect the diver's health and treatment
- A chamber's operational status can
change. Chambers may close for scheduled maintenance, staff vacation, or a
limited staff because of a high daytime patient treatment load. The chamber
you are driving to may not be available. Prior notification from an evaluating
facility is usually necessary to begin the call-in procedure to staff a
hyperbaric treatment. Finally, most hyperbaric facilities have regular daytime
business hours and are not staffed in the evenings and on weekends. In fact,
some chamber facilities choose not to staff their unit after hours and do not
wish to treat divers. Most cases of decompression sickness report for
evaluation after normal business hours.
If you suspect a diver has a
dive-related injury and needs evaluation, you should safely:
- Monitor Airway, Breathing,
Circulation ? Provide 100 percent oxygen if you are a trained oxygen provider
- Call the local EMS for transport or
assist in the transport of the injured diver to medical care
- Call the DAN Emergency number 919
684 9111 or 919 684 4DAN (4326) collect for consult and advice.
If you are uncertain about symptoms
which occur hours or days after diving, and there is no emergency, or you wish
to ask questions about the signs and symptoms of decompression illness, contact
the DAN Information Line (919) 684-2948, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Monday through