This chapter covers diagnosis and treatment of diving disorders for
which recompression therapy usually is not required. It is important to realize that
this chapter is a working document. While you should adhere to the procedures as
closely as possible, any mistakes or discrepancies shall be brought to the attention
of NAVSEA immediately. There are instances where clear direction cannot be
given; in these cases, contact the diving medical experts at NEDU or NDSTC for
This chapter is a reference for individuals trained in diving procedures. It
is also directed to users with a wide range in medical expertise, from the fleet diver
to the Diving Medical Officer. Certain treatment procedures require consultation
with a Diving Medical Officer for safe and effective use. In preparing for any
diving operation, it is mandatory that the dive team have a medical evacuation
plan and know the location of the nearest or most accessible Diving Medical
Officer and recompression chamber. Diving Medical Personnel should be
involved in predive planning and in training to deal with medical emergencies.
Even if operators feel they know how to handle medical emergencies, a Diving
Medical Officer should be consulted whenever possible.