[abstract] DRIVING TO ALTITUDE AFTER DIVING AND DECOMPRESSION SICKNESS.

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[abstract] DRIVING TO ALTITUDE AFTER DIVING AND DECOMPRESSION SICKNESS.

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Title: [abstract] DRIVING TO ALTITUDE AFTER DIVING AND DECOMPRESSION SICKNESS.
Author: Yamami, N; Mano, Y; Shibayama, M; Takahashi, M; Kawashima, M; Hirabayashi, K
Abstract: INTRODUCTION: Thousands of divers visit the west coast of Izu peninsula, which is surrounded with mountains, on the weekends in summer in Japan, most of which are from Kanto area, and it was found that soon after diving. They returned home with a situation which involves passing through, or over mountain passes by automobile, in our previous research. We report the effects of the driving to altitude by ground transportation after diving and a prevention against decompression sickness (DCS). METHODS: Subjects are 98 DCS incidents noted to DAN Japan 24 hours hotline in 6 years, from 1992 to 1998. Divers classified as DCS were divided into driving to altitude and non-driving to altitude populations. Thus, populations of interest were; 1) those who did not drive to altitude (Group A); 2) those who did not have symptoms before driving to altitude but developed symptoms during or after driving (Group B-a); 3) those who had symptoms before driving to altitude (Group B-b). RESULTS: There were 63 incidents for Group A, 26 for Group B-a, and 9 for Group B-b. The time from exit of diving to DCS onset of Group B was significantly longer than of Group A (p<0.001). Most of incidents in Group B had passed altitude within 2-5 hours after diving. Repetitive group designation of US Navy standard air decompression table after diving is greater than G in all incidents of group B-b. CONCLUSION: It is suggested that driving to altitude after diving is associated with the onset of DCS. We consider that divers who are going to drive to altitudes need to be safer on repetitive group designation.
Description: Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. (http://www.uhms.org)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/6761
Date: 2000

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