Diving Deaths Down Under.

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Title: Diving Deaths Down Under.
Author: Lippmann, J
Abstract: Combined diving fatality data starting in 1972 (N=351) are reviewed from Project Stickybeak and DAN Asia-Pacific. Equipment problems, breathing-gas management, rough water, anxiety and exertion were common triggers to fatal dive accidents in this series. The predominant (44 percent) disabling injury was asphyxia from the inhalation of water. The high incidence of cerebral air gas embolism (CAGE) and pulmonary barotrauma (PBT) as disabling injuries could be reduced by better monitoring of breathing gas, careful selection of the suitability of dive sites to reduce diver stress and careful attention to training and practice in ascent technique. The increasing incidence of cardiac-related disabling injuries could be reduced by better education of divers and doctors about the inherent, and potentially substantial, cardiac stressors associated with diving.
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/9335
Date: 2011

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