Carbon Dioxide Poisoning Advice
When Scuba Diving, the excessive buildup of Carbon Dioxide is mostly a direct consequence of inadequate breathing and ventilation.
If levels increase, Carbon Dioxide Toxicity is the result and it can be extremely dangerous causing sedation and shortness of breath.
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Carbon Dioxide Poisoning Causes
Inadequate ventilation due to;
- Skip breathing (intermittent breathing while scuba diving)
- Tight wet suit
- Faulty regulator
- Deep diving
- Contamination of the gas supply (re-breathers)
Carbon Dioxide Poisoning Symptoms
- Rapid breathing
- Headache, confusion, and dizziness
- Flushed appearance, nausea, and vomiting
- Muscular convulsions (with contaminated air supply)
- Unconsciousness (can occur with exertion at depth or contaminated air supply)
Carbon Dioxide Poisoning Treatments
- Flush circuit if using rebreather and/or change of other breathing gas supply
- Return to the surface and breathe fresh air
- Cease movement, breathe normally, and provide oxygen
- Rescue and resuscitate as appropriate in a very severe case
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