[abstract] ALTITUDE EXPOSURE IN DECOMPRESSION SICKNESS REPORTED TO THE DIVERS ALERT NETWORK.

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[abstract] ALTITUDE EXPOSURE IN DECOMPRESSION SICKNESS REPORTED TO THE DIVERS ALERT NETWORK.

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Title: [abstract] ALTITUDE EXPOSURE IN DECOMPRESSION SICKNESS REPORTED TO THE DIVERS ALERT NETWORK.
Author: Wachholtz, CJ; Dovenbarger, JA; Bond, BG; Bennett, PB
Abstract: Altitude exposure is considered to increase the risk of decompression sickness. Commonly-known guidelines advise a wait of 4, 12 or 24 hours following diving prior to flight. Analysis of 27 dive accident reports from 1987 reveal a wide range of onset or worsening of DCS symptoms with altitude, both within and beyond 24 hours post-dive. DCS occurred in altitude exposures ranging from 2-110 hours post-dive and elevation increases from 1,000 feet to 7,500 feet in 7 elevation cases. <table>_, Post-Dive Altitude Exposure (in hours); 0-6, 7-12, 13-24, 24-36, 72, 110+; Onset of DCS Symptoms; Occurred or Worsened During Flight, 6, 2, 5, 3, 1, 1; Occurred with Elevation by Car, 4, 1, 2, -, -, -.</table> Twenty-seven additional cases flew after the onset of DCS symptoms with no change resulting from altitude. While the sample size is not large, 13 (6%) of DAN's 218 DCS cases collected in 1987 were within the commonly discussed flying after diving guidelines of 4, 12, or 24 hours. As more data becomes available, altitude after diving guidelines are expected to improve.
Description: Abstract of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. Annual Scientific Meeting held 6-11 June 1989. Hawaiian Regent Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (http://www.uhms.org)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/6607
Date: 1989

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