Seadragon VI: a 7-day dry saturation dive at 31 ATA. I. Objectives, design, and scope

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Seadragon VI: a 7-day dry saturation dive at 31 ATA. I. Objectives, design, and scope

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Title: Seadragon VI: a 7-day dry saturation dive at 31 ATA. I. Objectives, design, and scope
Author: Nakayama, H; Murai, T; Hong, SK
Abstract: Seadragon VI dive was designed to determine the effects on humans of a prolonged exposure to a 31 ATA, dry helium-oxygen environment. The specific objectives were to study a) circadian changes in renal-endocrine function, including a comprehensive characterization of nocturia; b) cardiovascular-endocrine responses to a 90 degree tilt; c) erythrocyte functions, including intracellular organic phosphates and the Donnan ratio for chloride; and d) blood enzyme profiles. The experiment was conducted over a period of 30 d in September and October 1984 at the Japan Marine Science and Technology Center, Yokosuka. Following a 5-d predive control period at 1 ATA in air, 4 male divers spent 7 d at 31 ATA in a helium-oxygen environment, and then returned to 1 ATA air after 12 d of decompression. They stayed an additional 3 d inside the chamber for postdive control measurements. The chamber temperature was maintained at 27-28 degrees C during pre- and postdive periods, 31-32 degrees C at 31 ATA, and 28-31 degrees C during decompression. At 31 ATA, PO2 and PCO2 of the chamber gas were maintained at approximately 225 and 2 mmHg, respectively. In this introductory paper, physical and physiologic characteristics of individual subjects, the major daily activity schedule, daily caloric intake, and the scope of investigation are presented.
Description: Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. (http://www.uhms.org )
URI: PMID: 3672650
http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/2455
Date: 1987

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    The Undersea Baromedical Research journal was published by the Undersea Medical Society, Inc. (now the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society) quarterly from 1974 to 1992 when the name changed to the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Journal.

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