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Reported DCS on plane

Discussion in 'Near Misses and Lessons Learned' started by chillyinCanada, Jul 2, 2019.

  1. rjack321

    rjack321 Captain

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    We don't really know what he told them or when at all. So saying they "should" have turned around for Cancun instead of continuing to Houston is really jumping to conclusions.

    I don't think he had DCS at all - even if the symptoms resolved with HBO.
     
  2. lowflyer

    lowflyer Divemaster

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    I didn't say they "should" have done anything.
     
  3. rjack321

    rjack321 Captain

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    I know, I was responding to @bperrybap 's concerns in post #50.

    I don't think he had DCS in the first place, but based on his relatively minor symptoms continuing on to Houston was the right call anyway - even if those symptoms had been DCS.
     
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  4. Duke Dive Medicine

    Duke Dive Medicine Medical Moderator Staff Member

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    I have heard reports of unusual DCS incidents happening at altitude in an aircraft and we have treated a few such individuals. One theory is that there was subclinical inflammation/tissue ischemia that was aggravated by hypoxia at altitude. I would be hesitant to make a presumption about the diagnosis (or lack thereof) of an individual I haven't even corresponded with, much less evaluated in person, especially based on a news media report.

    Best regards,
    DDM
     
  5. myshadeofred

    myshadeofred Angel Fish

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    I had a friend who also got DCS in about 30 feet...and she only does one dive on Thursdays. It happened to her twice. And there was no flying involved or multiple days of diving. I think she said if she does long dives again she will use EA even though it's shallow.

    Everyone's body is different. Though I tend to think a little hypochondria might have played a little into it as well. Can't imagine that hospital bill.
     
  6. Duke Dive Medicine

    Duke Dive Medicine Medical Moderator Staff Member

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    I've also worked with a friend on a group of professional divers who'd had a few folks get bent in less than 30 feet of water. There were a lot of ascents and descents involved in the work they were doing.

    Best regards,
    DDM
     
  7. rjack321

    rjack321 Captain

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    Most US insurance covers HBO although the deductible and co-pay can be steep without secondary insurance.
     
  8. rjack321

    rjack321 Captain

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    Oh come on!! That's like every thread in this whole subforum :D
     
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  9. SoFlaDiver954

    SoFlaDiver954 Nassau Grouper

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    Interesting tidbit here. If this was a DSD, the odds the diver made multiple ascents/descents are higher.

    I guess there could also be a confluence of factors that each alone would not produce a DCI incident, but together they could. Something like multiple ascents/descents + PFO + dehydration + working out post-dive etc...
     
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  10. Duke Dive Medicine

    Duke Dive Medicine Medical Moderator Staff Member

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    Might well be. Dehydration is one of those plus/minus things, the evidence around that as a factor in DCS is pretty mixed, but the others, maybe. It's interesting to look at the outliers.
     

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