19-1 INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION

Purpose

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 clarification

Scope

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.

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