Use of Emergency Evacuation Hyperbaric Stretcher (EEHS) in Submarine Escape and Rescue.

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Title: Use of Emergency Evacuation Hyperbaric Stretcher (EEHS) in Submarine Escape and Rescue.
Author: Latson, GW; Flynn, ET
Abstract: The U.S. Navy identified a need for portable and collapsible one-man hyperbaric chambers, called Emergency Evacuation Hyperbaric Stretchers (EEHS), which could be used as a means of transporting submarine rescuees suffering from Decompression Sickness (DCS) or Arterial Gas Embolism (AGE) to a recompression chamber for treatment. This report discusses the possible uses of such a system in the U.S. Navy Submarine Rescue Mission. Medical indications and contraindications for use of the system are reviewed. Characteristics of the currently favored system are described. Triage algorithms and treatment guidelines are presented for submarine escape, submarine rescue, and evacuation using the EEHS. The EEHS represents a significant advance in acute management of distressed submarine casualties, but many logistical issues will require careful consideration and planning.
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/3563
Date: 1999

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