Effectiveness of Dive Computers in Repetitive Diving.

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Title: Effectiveness of Dive Computers in Repetitive Diving.
Author: Hamilton, RW, Jr
Abstract: PREFACE: This Workshop grew out of a continuing effort by UHMS to provide information to recreational divers and to involve them in its annual meetings. The idea has been to get the scientists, researchers, and authors to interact with recreational divers on topics of special interest to that community. One significant sequence of programs, the "Myths of Diving" panel which was originated by Bill Lawrence and has long been a feature of the Great Lakes Chapter meeting, has grown into an effective ongoing recreational divers' program at the annual UHMS meetings. Clearly dive computers are a big part of contemporary recreational diving, and a big issue in the use of dive computers is their function in repetitive diving. A program dedicated to recreational divers on that topic seemed like a good idea for the Halifax meeting. This idea was conceived by the Program Committee after the program for the annual meeting was more or less in place, and the best we could do was to "shoehorn" the Workshop into the meeting timetable. But despite its being scheduled over the lunch hour and in competition with a poster session, the Workshop was well attended-enough so that Dr. Caroline Fife was herself borrowing chairs from an adjacent room as more attendees crowded into the room. Although this attests to the timeliness of the topic, production of this report has been anything but timely. Our excuses are feeble, the main one being a matter of internal approval of some of the material in a structure that did not give getting out workshop reports a high priority. Because of the detailed contributions of the participants, we feel the product was worth waiting for. Our thanks to the 1993 Program Committee for setting this rolling (particularly Caroline Fife and Richard Moon), to the participants, and to Lee Greenbaum and Jane Dunne and colleagues for their support at the home office. In addition to grateful appreciation of those participants who came at their own expense, we thank their sponsors for assisting some of them with travel expenses, since this Workshop had no budget for travel. We acknowledge the tedious work by Eileen Whitney in doing the typing and formatting which bridged a major software upgrade and relearning period, and especially for her struggles with not-very-compatible graphics formats (this 71 page report includes 62 graphics). Perhaps my happiest moment in this process (prior to that of dropping the camera-ready copy in the express mail box) came on the morning of the Workshop, when at a breakfast meeting I spotted Prof. Buhlmann slip into the back of the room. To that point I did not know for sure that he would make it, and it was with great relief that I noted his unpretentious arrival. Not only for his participation in this Workshop, a trivial speck among his awesome contributions to the field of decompression science, but for all his work and for being a good friend, we dedicate this workshop report to him. - R.W. Bill Hamilton Tarrytown, NY 1995 May 18 Table of contents; Dedication; Preface; List of participants; Table of contents; Introduction; Misuse of model based decompression computers: The need for validation. - C Edmonds; Behavior of dive computer algorithms in repetitive dives: Experience and needed modifications. - AA Buhlmann; Workman-Buhlmann algorithm for dive computers: A critical analysis. - MH Hahn; Manifestation of decompression illness in divers using dive computers. - GdeL Dear, PJ Denoble, RD Vann; Review of current dive computers with critique and recommendations. - J Hardy; Practical use of dive computers in sport diving. - BC Gilliam; Validation with data supplementing or in lieu of chamber testing. - RE Peterson; The NMRI probabilistic decompression model: Performance on repetitive and multi-day dives. - ED Thalmann, EC Parker, SS Survanshi, PK Weathersby, and PC Kelleher.
Description: Copyright Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/7998
Date: 1995

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