[abstract] WHAT CAN THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY DO FOR TECHNICAL DIVERS?

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[abstract] WHAT CAN THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY DO FOR TECHNICAL DIVERS?

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Title: [abstract] WHAT CAN THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY DO FOR TECHNICAL DIVERS?
Author: Hobbs, GW; Armstrong, BM; Armstrong, HC; Schreiber, JS; Kaylor, ZM; Vann, RD
Abstract: BACKGROUND: The Internet assists the growth of information sharing and communication of divers worldwide. In preparation for the DAN Technical Diving Symposium 2008, we wanted to facilitate communication between the technical divers and diving researchers. We requested information from technical divers on research needed to improve their safety. A thread and poll were posted to the forum asking the question "If it were up to you, which of the following areas would you like to see the hyperbaric/medical research community focus on?" MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Rubicon Foundation requested the assistance of The Deco Stop (TDS), an Internet forum of technical divers from around the world. The TDS forum has 13,140 members and receives 3,000 visits per day. TDS software is vBulletin Version 3.6.1 (Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. Pangbourne, UK). The poll was set up by forum moderators to allow members to vote for one category, listed below. The associated thread was used to discuss these specific topics as well as any others not included in the poll. RESULTS: There were 255 members that elected to vote in the poll over the first 60 days. Votes were distributed as: Decompression Theory 110 (43.14%), Diver Health 43 (16.86%), Post-Mortem Accident Analysis 41 (16.08%), Oxygen Toxicity (CNS & Pulmonary) 28 (10.98%), Gas Narcosis 17 (6.67%), Basic Sciences 5 (1.96%), High Pressure Nervous Syndrome 4 (1.57%), Recompression Therapy 4 (1.57%), Thermal Stress 3 (1.18%). CONCLUSIONS: This clarifies interests and risks incurred by technical divers recreationally and the potential use of these divers in further research. The thread and poll have remained open so that more opinions and comments could be collected in the future. The months of December through March have been historically lower participation months on the forum.
Description: Abstract of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. Annual Scientific Meeting held June 14-16, 2007. Ritz-Carlton Kapalua Maui, Hawaii (http:www.uhms.org)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/5180
Date: 2007

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