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.
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.