[abstract] DAN ANALYSIS OF RECREATIONAL DIVING ACCIDENTS FOR 1988.

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[abstract] DAN ANALYSIS OF RECREATIONAL DIVING ACCIDENTS FOR 1988.

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Title: [abstract] DAN ANALYSIS OF RECREATIONAL DIVING ACCIDENTS FOR 1988.
Author: Bennett, PB; Dovenbarger, J; Corson, K; Dunford, R; Myers, RAM; Van Meter, K; Goldman, R; Linaweaver, P; Moon, RE
Abstract: During 1988, 553 recreational diver accidents were reported to the Divers Alert Network (DAN). Data became available on 268 cases for detailed analysis. The majority were male and aged 20-44 (78.4%) with 35.4% trained as open water divers, 26.9% advanced, and 11.2% instructor. It is pertinent that 51% of the males and 65% of the female had been diving only one year and 77% of victims with DCS stated they were diving within the U.S. Navy tables. Diagnosis for the accidents was 22.4% DCS I, 60.4% DCS II, and 17.2% AGE. Onset to the fIrst symptom was 20 mins for DCS I, 30 mins DCS II, and 1 min AGE, Yet poor symptom recognition resulted in delayed recompression median times. For example 56 cases did not report until 36 hrs or more later and 23 over 85 hrs. Recompression involved 38.3% USN T 6,20% T 6 with extensions, 10.2% T 6A, 7.7% T 5 and 23.8% other tables. Residual symptoms were still present at 92 d post treatment for 7% of DeS I, 14.3% of Des II, and 20% AGE. It is concluded the recreational diver is at greater risk than commercial or military divers due to the frequent use of multilevel, repetitive, multiday dives deeper than 80 ft. Divers also are poor at symptom recognition, initiating treatment early, or using oxygen as a first aid measure.
Description: Abstract of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. Joint Annual Scientific Meeting with the International Congress for Hyperbaric Medicine and the European Undersea Biomedical Society held 11-18 August 1990. Okura Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (http://www.uhms.org)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/7170
Date: 1990

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