United States Coast Guard Emergency Underwater Escape Rebreather Evaluation.

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Title: United States Coast Guard Emergency Underwater Escape Rebreather Evaluation.
Author: Gray, CG; Thalmann, ED; Syklawer, R
Abstract: The United States Coast Guard (USCG) Emergency Underwater Escape Rebreather (UER) was evaluated at the Navy Experimental Diving Unit. Physiologic testing in the dry laboratory, monitoring breath-to-breath O2 and CO2 levels, delineated the factors used in selection of 40percent O2 as an appropriate and safe breathing mixture. Tests during exercise provided the maximum usable duration in cold water to be 2 minutes. Pool studies evaluated the suitability for in-water use of the UER to a maximum working depth of 6 FSW. The results demonstrated the UER to be an acceptable shallow depth emergency escape device. The use of a nose clip or face mask is recommended to minimize gas loss and possible aspiration of water through the nose. Minor shortcomings in the breathing characteristics of the device may be improved by changes in the breathing bag configuration. (Author)
Description: Citation Status: Active; Citation Classification: Unclassified; Title Classification: Unclassified; Report Classification: Unclassified; Identifier Classification: Unclassified; Abstract Classification: Unclassified; Distribution Limitation(s): 01 - APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE; Information provided by the Department of Defense and the Defense Technical Information Center (http://www.dtic.mil/) is considered public information and may be distributed or copied unless otherwise specified. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/3515
Date: 1981

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