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Diving Hyperb Med. 2012 Sep;42(3):171-80.

The use of deep tables in the treatment of decompression illness: the Hyperbaric Technicians and Nurses Association 2011 Workshop.

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Department of Anaesthesia, Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, Prince of Wales Hospital and University of New South Wales, Randwick, NSW 2031, Australia.


In August 2011, a one-day workshop was convened by the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society and the Hyperbaric Technicians and Nurses Association to examine the use of deep recompression treatment tables for the treatment of decompression illness in Australia and New Zealand. The aim of the workshop was to develop a series of consensus statements to guide practice around the region. The workshop chose to focus the discussion on the use of 405 kPa (30 msw) maximum depth tables using helium-oxygen breathing periods, and covered indications, staffing and technical requirements. This report outlines the evidence basis for these discussions and summarises the series of consensus statements generated. These statements should assist hyperbaric facilities to develop and maintain appropriate policies and procedures for the use of such tables. We anticipate this work will lead to the formulation of a standard schedule for deep recompression to be developed at a future workshop.

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