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decompression sickness, SCUBA diving, the bends



  1. Junes, Brittania
  2. Smart, Christie DNP, RN
  3. Parsh, Bridget EdD, RN, CNS


Abstract: There are approximately 2.8 million active self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) divers in the US who are at risk for decompression sickness. This article discusses the pathophysiology, common signs and symptoms, and treatments of this multisystem complication of SCUBA diving.