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Road Rash with Hydrocolloid Dressing: To Dive or Not to Dive

Discussion in 'Diving Medicine' started by DivingChipmunk, Nov 11, 2020.

  1. DivingChipmunk

    DivingChipmunk Angel Fish

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    Hello,

    I have a LOB to Socorro booked next week with the first dive day next Fri. Also planned to do a few pre-LOB land-based dives early next week . Then sadly, I crashed while cycling last Saturday. Got road rash on my elbow and bruises on my legs.

    Now I have road rash covered in hydrocolloid dressing. It's been healing well, but I am not sure if it will be healed enough for next Monday's dive, which will be 9 days after the crash. I am hopeful that I will be ready for the LOB dives (13 days after the crash).

    Any thoughts/wisdom to share? Anyone with experience diving in such situation? Hydrocolloid dressing is water proof. Can I keep it on when I dive?

    Thanks!

    Sue
     
  2. driftwood

    driftwood Loggerhead Turtle

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    Interested to hear what people say. My biggest concern is the LOB. If things go south there may not be an easy option to get treatment.
     
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  3. Altamira

    Altamira ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I am thinking you might want to discuss your situation with your doctor, and perhaps a wound care specialist. Their recommendation would likely be based on how deep and widespread the wounds, as well as your healing progress. If your road rash gets infected on a LOB you could be in a lot of trouble. Hopefully you opted to purchase trip insurance if you decide to cancel based on medical recommendations.
     
  4. Hoyden

    Hoyden ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I would suggest seeing your physician and getting a script for treatment in case of infection. I might also skip the pre-LOB dives to give your wound more time to heal. Are you a drysuit diver? Using a drysuit would probably reduce some of your infection risk.
     
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  5. DivingChipmunk

    DivingChipmunk Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: New Jersey, USA
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    Thanks @driftwood and @Altamira . Just booked an appointment to see my doctor today.

    The road rash is not big or deep (less than 1*2 inches with a couple of scratches across the area), but better have it checked before making any decisions.
     
  6. DivingChipmunk

    DivingChipmunk Angel Fish

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    Yes I will ask for a prescription when see my doctor today. Thanks @Hoyden

    No, not a drysuit diver :(
     
  7. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    This should be in Medical Forum. Get good advice there.
     
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  8. DivingChipmunk

    DivingChipmunk Angel Fish

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    Location: New Jersey, USA
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    Thanks, but I can not find the Medical Forum. I am relatively new to scuba board.
     
  9. CanadaDan

    CanadaDan DMC ScubaBoard Supporter

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  10. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I think that's exactly what she's using. Tegaderm is a brand of Hydrocolloid dressing, according to google.

    Here's a clicky link:
    Diving Medicine
     

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