Decompression Sickness Treatment: Medical Attendants

General medical treatment is required during the recompression sessions. Patients should not be left unattended in RCCs, particularly while they are breathing increased oxygen concentrations.

First aid and resuscitation techniques are often required, as are accurate clinical assessments – and for these reasons it is desirable to have a trained medical attendant in the chamber. Most hospital-based hyperbaric facilities require their hyperbaric workers to have undergone a formal training program. It is necessary to consider the possibility that DCS may occur in the attendants, and hyperbaric attendants have an entire Australian Standard devoted to ensuring that facilities are aware of appropriate safety and training for these workers13. It is embarrassing to produce DCS in attendants during recompression therapy.