Diving-related emergencies

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 1997 Feb;15(1):223-40. doi: 10.1016/s0733-8627(05)70292-3.


The proliferation of sport or recreational divers over the last several decades has resulted in significant increases in the number of patients treated for diving-related emergencies. The treatment of these individuals is no longer confined to a small group of physicians with special training or experience. Rather, community emergency physicians and physicians engaged in the practice of travel medicine are increasingly called on to treat such patients. This article discusses general physical principles relating to diving medicine and common presentations and treatment of diving-related emergencies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Barotrauma / etiology
  • Barotrauma / prevention & control*
  • Decompression Sickness / etiology
  • Decompression Sickness / prevention & control*
  • Diving / adverse effects*
  • Embolism, Air / etiology
  • Embolism, Air / prevention & control*
  • Emergencies
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Humans
  • Risk Factors
  • Travel