Validation of Decompression Tables.

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Title: Validation of Decompression Tables.
Author: Schneiner, HR; Hamilton, RW, Jr
Abstract: PREFACE: This Workshop was part of a broad program of technical grants, contracts, and workshops to provide support information for the activities of the NOAA Undersea Research Program, U.S. Department of Commerce (NURP). This Office supports a variety of undersea activities dedicated to exploration, conservation, and responsible exploitation of the coastal zones and the outer continental shelf. In supporting manne~undersea activities one of the needs is for improved decompression procedures, and the NURP office is occasionally involved in assessing or even developing them. Like everyone else in the decompression business NURP occasionally faces the question of how to move tables forward through the various development and validation steps. The Workshop was convened to bring together a group of experts in many perspectives of decompression technology to address this issue. It was carried out under NOAA Grant NA82AA-D-00043 from NOAA to the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. The UHMS expresses its gratitude to the NURP director, Mr. Elliott A. Finkle, who was responsible for the contract and who participated in the Workshop, and to the current NURP staff including especially Dr. David, B. Duane and Dr. William S. Busch. Because of the impact of regulations and the legal climate on the validation issue and to help get the most mileage from our limited budget it was originally decided to focus on this problem from the North American perspective and not to try to make it an international Workshop. It was our good fortune that we did have the benefit of several important contributors from Europe, but we regret that we were not able to include several other of our international colleagues in this specialty who would have made it even better. A word about the format of the Workshop. It was organized as many others, with speakers invited to cover topics and address specific issues in short presentations which were followed by discussion; they were given a list of topics to discuss and questions we hoped they would address. We asked for manuscripts to be submitted at the time of the Workshop, and most speakers did this; the requested wide 2-column format was awkward, and we apologize for the extra trouble this may have caused. Other attendees who professed to have some organized thoughts were invited to make a "mini-presentation." The entire proceedings was recorded by a court reporter, a transcript was prepared, and discussions were edited and included. When a speaker said something in a presentation that was not in the printed paper this is included as "additional comments" after the paper. Some of the talks were taken from the transcripts. We apologize for the long delay in publishing the proceedings. The blame is accepted by the co-editor (RWH) who insisted on doing the production and was intimidated by the two-column format, in addition to having the usual conflicts that confront volunteer work. Fortunately, the topic is still as timely as it was at the time, and the value of virtually all of the material has not been swept away by subsequent events. We thank the UHMS staff, Dr. Lee Greenbaum for a discrete mixture of patience and gentle prodding, Buffy Jabine and Denyse Moore at the organizational level, and Ann Barker for pulling it together at the end. The production, except for the manuscripts submitted as camera ready, was done by Hamilton Research, Ltd., using WordPerfect 5.0 and a HP Laserjet II with Bitstream Dutch 11 pt as the primary font. We thank Eileen Whitney for perseverance in formatting the text. TABLE OF CONTENTS: WORKSHOP ON VALIDATION OF DECOMPRESSION TABLES; Preface; Table of contents; List of participants; Opening remarks: L.J. Greenbaum and H.R. Schreiner; Introduction to the Workshop: Background history and scope of diving table validation. - C.J. Lambertsen; NOAA's needs and current approach to bringing new tables on line. - J.M. Wells; Experiences establishing decompression procedures at NSMRL. - C.A. Harvey, J.W. Parker, and A.C. Burns; Development and validation considerations in decompression table development. - B.A Hobson; USN experience in decompression table validation. - E.D. Thalmann; Validation of decompression schedules: The operational approach. - R.H. Holland; Mini-presentation: View from a U.S. diving company. - A. Galerne; Validation of decompression tables: A diving doctor's viewpoint. - D.A Youngblood; Canada's approach to decompression tables. - J. Merta; Legal aspects of decompression table validation. - J.R. Sutterfield; A developer's view of new decompression procedures. - R.W. Hamilton; Mini-presentation: The sponsor's perspective. - E.A Finkle; Mini-presentation: U.S. Navy diving practice. - D. Garrahan; Mini-presentation: Validation in the commercial world. - M.L. Gernhardt; Mini-presentation: Decompression in tunnel and caisson work. - E.P. Kindwall; A tentative assessment of the first day's findings. - H.R. Schreiner; A method for introducing new decompression procedures. - J. Imbert and M. Bontoux; Statistical principles using small samples, and a new approach. - C.E. Lehner and M. Palta; Ethical aspects of validation. - E.H. Lanphier; Uncertainty in decompression safety. - P.K. Weathersby; The role of ultrasonic bubble detection in table validation. - R.Y. Nishi and B.C. Eatock; Development and validation of deep bounce and other decompression procedures in the laboratory. - P.B. Bennett and R.D. Vann; Discussion of research and operational dive classifications. - R.E. Peterson; General summary and conclusions of the Workshop. - H.R. Schreiner; Editorial summary: Validation of decompression tables. - R.W. Hamilton and H.R. Schreiner
Description: Copyright Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/7994
Date: 1989

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