Omitted or Interrupted Decompression Stops
If a diver surfaces from a dive without having completed the required decompression, the likelihood of decompression sickness is increased and preventative or harm minimization action is required.
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Omitted Decompression Stop Procedures
The diver should adopt the following procedures;
- Stay on land and do not descend again
- Remain at rest
- Breathe 100 percent oxygen
- Drink non-alcoholic fluids
- Seek advice
- Do not dive again for at least 24 hours and then only if no signs or symptoms of decompression illness have developed
- If symptoms occur, the full first aid procedure for decompression illness must be followed
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