Decompression sicknessppt

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Decompression sicknessppt

  1. 1. Decompression Sickness“The Bends”<br />Thad Murphy<br />4-1-11<br />A&P<br />
  2. 2. DCS<br />Decompression Sickness is an illness that is most commonly found in divers and miners<br />
  3. 3. What Is Decompression Sickness?<br />DCS is caused when nitrogen bubbles form inside the body after ascending to fast.<br />As the pressure from the water presses on our skin, it is more difficult for the nitrogen to escape.<br />
  4. 4. Nitrogen is usually released when a person exhales. <br />If a diver is breathing compressed air they cannot release all of there nitrogen.<br />
  5. 5. If nitrogen gets into the blood stream it can restrict blood flow to the lungs.<br />Nitrogen bubbles can also get into the brain or spinal cord causing paralysis or even death.<br />
  6. 6. How do I know if I have DCS?<br />A person has to go diving in order to get DCS, but a person is not going to get DCS just because they go diving.<br />
  7. 7. Symptoms<br />Signs may occur anywhere from one to six hours after improper diving.<br />Signs of mild DCS may include joint pain, itching, and rash.<br />
  8. 8. Cure<br />There is no absolute cure for The Bends but it can be treated by:<br />Giving patient 100% oxygen through a mask<br />Hydration<br />And keeping them warm and conscious.<br />
  9. 9. Works cited<br />http://www.suite101.com/content/decompression-sickness-and-scuba-diving-a79997<br />http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/travel/diseases/decompression_sickness.htm<br />

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