Hello clever people!
I was wondering, do you off gas CO2 in the same manner as Nitrogen, as you ascend? I’ve not fully formed my thoughts on this question, but...
Say you have a hypercapnic episode for what ever reason at depth, should ascent be at the forefront of your exit strategy (putting to side the narcosis/confusion/mental paralysis etc)? Taking this to the extreme, ascend before trying to bail off.
Obviously getting shallow is important form a bail out gas usage point of view when breathing hard from CO2 build up, but what about the effect of ascent on partial pressure of CO2? Or are the amounts of CO2 so low, that it actually doesn’t make much difference.
Also, the first question - does it off gas from your blood faster as you ascend??
Looking forward to opinions!