Decompression sickness

Michal Vondracek MD, Lenka Šrahulková MD, Ľubica Joppeková, Martin Janků

Decompression sickness (also known as caisson disease) affects mainly divers, but may also affect airmen or astronauts. It is a very dangerous condition that can easily kill the person. In our algorithm, we focused on highlighting the various symptoms of decompression sickness, the importance of pre-hospital care, and the hyperbaric chamber. Furthermore, we want to familiarize the investigator with the indications and contraindications of therapy in the hyperbaric chamber. Although this is not a common disease in our country, anything can happen and you will find yourself in a situation where you will have to deal with decompression sickness.

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Štěpán Novotný, MD Chief Physician of Hyperbaric Chamber, Hyperbaric and Diving Medicine Department, Kladno Regional Hospital, Kladno, Czech Republic

Diving medicine is for many an unknown or fairly marginal field of expertise. Therefore I welcome very nice algorithm on decompression sickness cases, furthermore on the learning platform Akutne.cz. I believe that this example will be an inspiration for further education in this interesting field.

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