[abstract] COASTAL SCUBA DIVING ACCIDENTS IN JAPAN: PRELIMINARY REPORT.

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[abstract] COASTAL SCUBA DIVING ACCIDENTS IN JAPAN: PRELIMINARY REPORT.

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Title: [abstract] COASTAL SCUBA DIVING ACCIDENTS IN JAPAN: PRELIMINARY REPORT.
Author: Sugiyama, H; Mano, K; Hayano, M; Onda, M
Abstract: BACKGROUND: In Japan, there have been no reliable statistics on diving accidents. DAN Japan has reported every year as coastal accidents as the statistics on scuba diving accidents, DAN Hotline report and Japanese Diving Injury Report Form (DIRF). In this report we are showing statistics about the Japanese DIRF referring to Japanese scuba diving accidents. MATERIALS AND METHODS: These coastal accidents are broken down into drowning or near-drowning, drifting away, illness and injuries, the bends, contact with boats and other types of accidents. These materials are collected by officials of the Japanese Maritime Safety Agency. The bends, treated in recompressive chambers, are collected as Japanese DIRF by DAN Japan. The format of the Japanese DIRF is not the same as the DAN America. RESULTS: There was a total of 238 divers involved in accidents over the five-year period (1993-1997). In general, there appears to be no trend toward a reduced number of diving accidents. The combined number of fatalities and missing persons was 120, or roughly half the total number of accidents. Among these accidents types, drowning or near-drowning was in the largest percentages, but there were only one or two divers with the bends every year. The Japanese DIRF has begun since his July 1999. The average number of DCI divers are l0 in each month. Comparing with population of the Japanese and American scuba divers, the occurrence of the DCI is about the same, 0.024-0.025%. The number of medical facilities which reports DIRF is 9, but there are 50 facilities able to treat DCI divers with multiplace chambers. The difference between the number of DCI divers among statistics on scuba diving accidents and Japanese DIRF is if they have used emergency vehicles of Japanese Maritime Safety Agency. CONLUSION: This preliminary report is the first statistics in Japan about coastal scuba diving accidents including DCI divers treated with recompression chambers.
Description: Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. (http://www.uhms.org)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/6779
Date: 2000

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