The below list includes, but is not limited to, common signs and symptoms of decompression illness and pressure related injuries. If you think you are suffering from a decompression illness, you must seek treatment immediately.
Fullness of throat
Crackling of throat
Shortness of breath
Tightness in chest
Loss of sensation
Weakness, loss of strength
Hearing or speech impairment
Loss of motor control
Emergency Contact Information:
USCG VHF Channel 16
Police, Fire, EMS: Call 911
DAN Emergency Hotline: 1-919-684-9111
What to expect when you call the DAN Emergency Hotline:
Your call will initially be answered by a non-medically trained operator. Please provide the operator with your name, location and callback number, and your call will be routed to a qualified DAN Medical Information staff member.
DAN’s Medical Information staff may make an immediate recommendation or request to call you back after making arrangements with a local physician, TravelAssist or any number of DAN’s other resources. DAN does not hesitate to reach out to its network to provide the best possible assistance.
If a call-back is necessary, please wait by the phone while arrangements are made. The resources may take 30 minutes or more to coordinate, as several pieces and calls may be required. The delay will not place the person in any greater danger, and DAN will call you as soon as the appropriate arrangements are made.
LOCAL BOSTON AREA EMERGENCY FACILITIES:
Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
243 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
Norman Knight Hyperbaric Medicine Center
Referrals and/or Emergencies: 617-573-4411, 24 hours per day.
Patient Referrals Only: 617-573-3793, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.