20-1 INTRODUCTION Therapy

INTRODUCTION

Purpose

This chapter describes the diagnosis of diving disorders that either require recompression therapy or that may complicate recompression therapy. 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 Officers at NEDU or NDSTC for clarification. Telephone numbers are listed in Volume 1, Appendix C.

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. The 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 always be consulted whenever possible.

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