[abstract] "DCAP+ EDITOR", FRONT END INTERFACE FOR DECOMPRESSION MANAGEMENT.

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[abstract] "DCAP+ EDITOR", FRONT END INTERFACE FOR DECOMPRESSION MANAGEMENT.

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Title: [abstract] "DCAP+ EDITOR", FRONT END INTERFACE FOR DECOMPRESSION MANAGEMENT.
Author: Krinke, MJ; Fabus, SV
Abstract: Background: Our facility has prepared a set of "bailout" decompression tables for use in decompressing attendants and for other contingencies that occasionally arise in our HBO facility. The 02 bailout tables were developed using the computational program "DCAP+" (Decompression Computation and Analysis Program), a commercial product of Hamilton Research, Ltd., Tarrytown, NY. This laid the groundwork for setting up the parameters to incorporate DCAP into our daily operations at St. Luke's. This development was reported at the UHMS Gulf Coast Chapter, April 1993. Methods: We have now incorporated these parameters and modifications into an application informally termed "DCAP Editor," which uses a windows operating system to provide a consistent, user-friendly graphical interface to replace the explicit but text-oriented Basecase method. This allows us to draw treatment profiles, select the decompression gases, and calculate different types of decompression. Surface intervals and subsequent recompression can be based on the same parameters used to create our 02 bailout tables. User modification of the certain components of the algorithm is accessed through an advanced operations screen which allows "protected changes in certain parameters (i.e., M-value adjustment, travel time, etc.). The program may also be used to check a preplanned or previously run profile to see if it violates the predetermined decompression parameters, or to provide a calculated profile for a prior yo-yo treatment. Results: We feel that our tables compare favorably with other tables in use for attendant decompression. In addition, however, because we have the DCAP Editor we are not limited to tables "in the book." This program expands operational capabilities within the hyperbaric unit. It allows for accurate decompression schedules for non-standard dives and also allows us to increase or decrease conservatism parameters while remaining within a structured algorithm. Conclusion: A computer application has been developed and used successfully to produce decompression profiles for a multiplace HBO facility. This application creates a robust and user-friendly environment for the DCAP+ program.
Description: Abstract of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. Annual Scientific Meeting held June 22-26, 1994. Westin Hotel, Denver, Colorado (http://www.uhms.org)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/5769
Date: 1994

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