After successful treatment given by Sri Lanka Navy’s Diving and Salvage Unit, Trincomalee, a foreigner who was down with the Decompression Sickness, regained health and was discharged on 13th January 2022.

A 39 year old Mexican tourist diver was admitted to the Naval Hospital, Trincomalee on 13th January 2022, as he was down with Decompression Sickness while diving off Unawatuna, Galle.

Subsequently, the patient was treated in the dedicated Recompression Chamber at the Command Diving & Salvage Unit in the Eastern Naval Command, under the supervision of the Diving Medical Officer (East). After receiving necessary treatment in the Recompression Chamber for nearly 5 hours, the patient regained health and left the hospital.

Three (03) persons who suffered from Decompression Sickness has been treated in the Recompression Chamber at the Diving and Salvage Unit in Trincomalee thus far from January 2021.

Navy treats foreigner down with Decompression Sickness
Navy treats foreigner down with Decompression Sickness

Decompression sickness (abbreviated DCS; also called divers’ disease, the bends, aerobullosis, and caisson disease) is a medical condition caused by dissolved gases emerging from solution as bubbles inside the body tissues during decompression. DCS most commonly occurs during or soon after a decompression ascent from underwater diving, but can also result from other causes of depressurisation, such as emerging from a caisson, decompression from saturation, flying in an unpressurised aircraft at high altitude, and extravehicular activity from spacecraft. DCS and arterial gas embolism are collectively referred to as decompression illness.