[abstract] THE ROLE OF FIELD-ADMINISTERED OXYGEN IN DIVE ACCIDENT MANAGEMENT.

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[abstract] THE ROLE OF FIELD-ADMINISTERED OXYGEN IN DIVE ACCIDENT MANAGEMENT.

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Title: [abstract] THE ROLE OF FIELD-ADMINISTERED OXYGEN IN DIVE ACCIDENT MANAGEMENT.
Author: Corry, JA
Abstract: Diving medicine and diving instruction authorities agree that administration of 100% oxygen is the primary first aid measure for diving emergencies (decompression sickness or arterial gas embolism). The oxygen serves to stabilize the victim while reducing the partial pressure of the offending nitrogen. The diving community has established a standard of care that dictates field delivery of 100% oxygen to diving accident victims pending recompression therapy with hyperbaric oxygen. On-site oxygen is no longer an option for diving instructors, charter boats, or resorts. The Divers Alert Network has worked with a major oxygen equipment manufacturer to develop an oxygen demand delivery system at reasonable cost for lay delivery to diving victims with the FI02 approaching 1.00. Oxygen in this concentration establishes an optimal surface delivered diffusion gradient. A model oxygen therapy training program which exceeds emergency medical technician standards has also been developed by the Divers Alert Network and distributed at no cost to all United States diving education agencies and the British Sub-Aqua Club. The potential benefit of field administered, high concentration oxygen during a golden period of treatment time that can never be recaptured far outweighs the perceived liability of the local diving instructor, dive boat captain, or resort operator.
Description: Abstract of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. Annual Scientific Meeting held 11-14 June 1985. The Hyatt Regency Hotel, Long Beach, California (http://www.uhms.org)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/5467
Date: 1985

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