The first Broome recompression chamber 1914–2004.

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The first Broome recompression chamber 1914–2004.

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Title: The first Broome recompression chamber 1914–2004.
Author: Thurston, S
Abstract: The history of the use of recompression chambers (RCCs) in Australia has not been well described. Probably the first records of the use of a RCC were over 88 years ago, when a pearl diver with spinal decompression sickness (DCS) was successfully treated in Broome, Western Australia. At that time Broome was supplying 75% of the world market of mother-of-pearl shell, used for the manufacture of buttons. After the introduction of compressed-air diving in the late 1800s, many divers suffered from ‘diver’s paralysis’ (DCS). CE Heinke and Co, a British diving equipment manufacturer, in 1914 donated a RCC of their own design and patent to the pearling industry in an attempt to reduce the high death and injury rate that was occurring amongst the pearl divers. This paper presents the history of the first Broome RCC.
Description: Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society.
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/8231
Date: 2004

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