Recreational scuba diving equipment problems, morbidity and mortality: an overview of the Diving Incident Monitoring Study and Project Stickybeak.

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Title: Recreational scuba diving equipment problems, morbidity and mortality: an overview of the Diving Incident Monitoring Study and Project Stickybeak.
Author: Acott, CJ
Abstract: Recreational scuba diving is an equipment-orientated sport. Equipment problems may be inconvenient but may also cause a diver harm. Data from the Diving Incident Monitoring Study (DIMS) and Project Stickybeak were analysed for reports that involved diving equipment and either morbidity (DIMS) or mortality (Project Stickybeak). There were 426 incidents involving scuba diving in the first 1000 incidents reported to the DIMS, of which 128 (30%) were associated with morbidity. Project Stickybeak recorded 207 recreational scuba diving deaths in Australasia between 1972 and 1996.One hundred and twelve of these reports contained incidents involving equipment, with 43 (38%) of these being associated with the diver’s death. Amongst a wide range of equipment problems reported, the most common (48% in the DIMS) were those relating to buoyancy compensation devices, while regulator incidents also featured prominently. Careful pre-dive checks, dive planning and a training emphasis on buoyancy control and weight belt release could have prevented the majority of the equipment problems reviewed and their consequent morbidity.
Description: Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society.
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/7761
Date: 2003

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