Course Outline

Decompression illness (DCI) refers to both DCS and lung overexpansion injuries (arterial gas embolism or AGE). Although the term DCI is sometimes used interchangeably with DCS, there is a difference.

DCS refers to the condition caused by inert gas coming out of solution and forming bubbles within the body, and AGE is a pressure-related injury/problem. However, in an emergency, the first-aid provider will follow the same procedural response for either DCS or AGE.

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