Health status and diving practices of a technical diving expedition.

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Title: Health status and diving practices of a technical diving expedition.
Author: Fock, A
Abstract: The author participated in a technical diving expedition to the South China Sea primarily to dive several deep World War Two wrecks. During the expedition, diving practices and diver health were observed, and a diver health survey was completed by six of the seven divers at the end of each diving day. This survey showed a slight worsening of health scores during the first half of the expedition, which then returned to baseline levels. However, no diver reached a health score of a level (six) associated with clinical decompression sickness (DCS) in a previous study. No clinical DCS was detected or treated; however, a high level of pre-existing musculoskeletal complaints prevalent in this group made clinical diagnosis difficult for marginal symptoms. A high proportion (50%) of divers reported symptoms consistent with pulmonary and ocular oxygen toxicity. The use of closed-circuit rebreathers for 74 dives in the depth range of 50 to 70 metros' sea water, with total dive time 100.4 hours, was associated with few technical problems for a suitably trained and experienced group of technical divers.
Description: The Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society (Incorporated in Victoria) A0020660B and the European Underwater and Baromedical Society
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/9526
Date: 2006

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