Annual Fatality Rates and Associated Risk Factors for Recreational Scuba Diving

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Annual Fatality Rates and Associated Risk Factors for Recreational Scuba Diving

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Title: Annual Fatality Rates and Associated Risk Factors for Recreational Scuba Diving
Author: Denoble, PJ; Marroni, A; Vann, RD
Abstract: This paper assesses factors that affect the risks of dying while diving, discusses possible preventive interventions, reviews measures of recreational diving fatality rates, and explores fatality rates and safety criteria from other fields. Fatality rates vary according to estimation methods, demographics, and diving practices. The annual fatality rate (AFR) of 16.4 per 100,000 insured Divers Alert Network (DAN) members was similar to the rate recorded by the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) but may be higher than the rate in the general scuba population. The most common causes of scuba fatalities were gas supply problems, emergency ascent, and cardiac events. The effects of age and gender were particularly striking.
Description: Copyright © 2011 by Divers Alert Network, 6 West Colony Place Durham, NC 27705. This book is available for download at no cost as a PDF file from the Divers Alert Network website (http://www.DiversAlertNetwork.org/). Opinions and data presented at the Conference and in these Proceedings are those of the contributors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Divers Alert Network.
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/9329
Date: 2011

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