Scuba Diver Australasia + Ocean Planet - - Buyer's Guide -

The diver continued to im­prove slowly upon re­turn­ing home.

He was tested for a patent fora­men ovale (PFO), and the re­sults were pos­i­tive. The diver elected to have the PFO closed. The pro­ce­dure took place nearly nine months fol­low­ing the DCI in­ci­dent. Six months af­ter the pro­ce­dure, the diver was given the clear­ance to dive on the pro­viso he fol­lowed the fol­low­ing guide­lines:

• Con­ser­va­tive dive lim­its

• Max­i­mum depth of 30 me­tres

• No more than two dives per day

• Min­i­mum sur­face in­ter­vals of two hours, but the longer the bet­ter

• Nitrox to be used where pos­si­ble (on air set­tings)

• Slow as­cent and safety stops on all dives


• Evac­u­a­tion by air

am­bu­lance: US$11,800 • Treat­ment (cham­ber and hospi­tal): US$10,650 All costs were fully cov­ered by DAN un­der the Mem­ber’s cov­er­age op­tion.

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