Table 2

Clinical progress and delay to treatment

Short delay Long delay
Presentation score19.9 (11.2)2-150 2-152 23.2 (14.9)2-150 2-153
Final score3.0 (6.5)2-151 2-152 14.6 (17.6)2-151 2-153
Return to diving5/72-154 5/142-154
  • 2-150 p=0.601;

  • 2-151 p=0.111;

  • 2-152 p=0.003;

  • 2-153 p=0.133;

  • 2-154 p=0.132.

  • *†¶ Compare horizontally; ‡§ compare vertically.

  • Mean (SD) presentation scores and final scores (pairedt test, two tailed p values) for divers with short delay to treatment and divers who delayed treatment and continued diving with symptoms of decompression illness (long delay). Proportion of divers returning to diving (V2 test, two tailed p value). One diver lost to follow up is not included in the return to diving data.