How do you treat the bends?



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    In severe cases, the person is put into a decompression chamber, breathing 100% oxygen to reduce the nitrogen in the blood.  The sessions in the decompression/hyperbaric chamber simulate the depths of the water and bring the person back to recompression.  Sometimes, multiple sessions are needed.

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    If a diver resurfaces with the bends, you should rescue them from the water, and dry and warm them. Lie them on their back while you take them to an emergency care facility. The staff at the facility will then take care of the diver, by first treating them for any immediate life-threatening complications. They will then be transferred to a hyperbaric chamber, which provides large amounts of oxygen to the injured tissues and returns blood flow to normal. There may be further treatments or additional monitoring to ensure the symptoms do not reoccur.

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