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Common Scuba Diving Injuries
This section is a comprehensive list of the most common scuba diving accidents.
It explains common injuries from minor ailments to maladies that create serious medical emergencies.
Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of dive injuries.
Knowing some basic first aid treatments for scuba medical problems can decrease the likelihood of an accident becoming seriously life-threatening.
Click on the links below for more information and advice about common diving maladies.
Scuba Injuries, Ailments, and Maladies
- Barotraumas - Pressure Injuries in Scuba Diving
- Bleeding (severe) - Treating Wounds, Cuts and Lacerations
- Carbon Dioxide Toxicity - Poisoning Symptoms and Treatments
- Carbon Monoxide Toxicity - CO Poison Signs and Symptoms
- Carotid Sinus Syndrome - of Tight fitting Exposure Suits
- Cone Shell Sting - Venomous Cone Snail Symptoms and Treatment
- Pressure Immobilization - Emergency Techniques for Envenomation
- Decompression Illness - Blanket Term for Scuba DCS and AGE
- DAN DCI On-site Neuro Exam - Nine Neurological Observations for DCI
- Omitted Decompression Stop - Omitted or Interrupted Decompression Stop Procedures
- Providing Oxygen - Administering Oxygen for Scuba Injuries
- Drowning - Signs and Symptoms of Drowning and Near Drowning
- Fish Spine Injury - Needle Injuries and Puncture Wounds
- Heart Attack - Predisposing Factors of Diver Heart Attack
- Cardiac Pacemaker Implants - Diving after Cardiac Pacemaker Insertion
- Heat Injuries - Causes of Temperature Related Injury
- Hypothermia - - Dangers of Diving in Cold Water
- Immersion Pulmonary Edema - Risks of Diving with Poor Heart Conditions
- Lung Ruptures - Harmful Effects from Decreasing Pressure Changes
- Nitrogen Narcosis - The Intoxicating Effect from Nitrogen Exposure
- Octopus Bite - - Blue Ringed Octopus Sting Treatments
- Oxygen Toxicity (CNS) - Associated Risks of CNS Toxicity
- Salt Water Aspiration Syndrome - Dangers of Inhaling Fine Mist Sea Water
- Sea Sickness and Pelagism - How to Prevent Seasickness while Diving
- Sea Snake Bite - Signs, Symptoms, and Emergency Treatment
- Shock - Describing the Trigger Factors of Shock
- Stings - Jellyfish, Stinging Hydroids, and Coral Anemones
- Crown-of-thorns Starfish Sting - Severe Puncture Wound Poison Injury
- Jellyfish, corals, hydroids, anemones) - Signs, Symptoms, and Emergency Treatment
- Vertigo (alternobaric) - Inner Ear Balance Disturbance Problems
Deaths are relatively uncommon, but they do happen in dive areas the world over. Some are unique, but many have things in common. Most scuba diving deaths could have been prevented - as with most unfortunate accidents!
Note: This guide does not replace professional training in preventing, treating, and scuba injury dive accident management.
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