EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION:
you think you are suffering from a
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms,
you must seek medical attention:
This list does not include all signs and symptoms of DCS or AGE.
Most symptoms will manifest within 30 min to 3 hr after the dive.
CONTACT the following immediately if you think you are suffering from DCI:
DIVERS ALERT NETWORK
Tell the operator you have a diving emergency.
operator will either connect you directly with DAN or have someone call you back
at the earliest possible moment.
DAN's medical staff may make an immediate recommendation or call you back after making arrangements with a local physician or the DAN Regional Coordinator. DAN Regional Coordinators are familiar with chamber facilities in their area, and because they're qualified in diving medicine, they can make recommendations about treatment.
These plans may take 30 minutes or longer, as several phone calls may be required.
This delay should not place the diver in any greater danger.
if the situation is life-threatening, arrange to transport the diver
immediately to the nearest local medical facility for immediate stabilization
and assessment of his or her condition. Call DAN TravelAssist at 1-800-326-3822
at this time for consultation with the local medical provider.
LOCAL BOSTON AREA EMERGENCY FACILITIES:
Both Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Bay State Medical Center
have monoplace recompression chambers for treatment of DCI. The contact
information has been provided below:
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Facility:
You must go to the MGH emergency room to be admitted and diagnosed as having DCI.
You will then be transferred to the Norman Knight Hyperbaric Unit of Mass Eye and Ear.
The contact information is available below:
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
243 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
617 573 5520
Knight Hyperbaric Medicine Center
For referrals and/or emergencies please call (617) 573-4411, 24 hours a day.
patient referrals only, Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., please call
Baystate Medical Center:
Baystate Medical Center
Wesson Wound Unit
The direct line to the chamber operator is 413 794-2825.