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Document ID (ISN)108646
CIS number 08-1178
Year 2007
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report 550
Author(s) Stipp W.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Time to treatment for decompression illness
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2007. vi, 29p. Illus. 21 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract Hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBO) is the standard treatment for divers with decompression illness (DCI). There is conflicting evidence in the medical literature on whether DCI is more responsive to early rather than late HBO treatment. The aim of this retrospective clinical outcome study was to investigate the influence of time to treatment with HBO in divers with neurological DCI. Cases were 372 divers with acute neurological DCI who had received HBO treatment at two specialized medical centres in the United Kingdom between 1986 and 2002. It was found that early HBO treatment was clearly associated with a better outcome. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) hyperbaric oxygen therapy; diving; decompression sickness; United Kingdom
Descriptors (secondary) medical treatment; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Hyperbaric pressure