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Document ID (ISN)101638
CIS number 03-636
ISSN - Serial title 0095-6562 - Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Freiberger J.J., Denoble P.J., Pieper C.F., Uguccioni D.M., Pollock N.W., Vann R.D.
Title The relative risk of decompression sickness during and after air travel following diving
Bibliographic information Oct. 2002, Vol.73, No.10, p.980-984. Illus. 16 ref.
Abstract A retrospective review of three years of diving data was conducted to evaluate the relative risk of decompression sickness (DCS) from flying after diving. The intervals and the maximum depths in meters of seawater (msw) on the last day of diving were analysed from 627 recreational dive profiles. Injured divers (cases) and uninjured divers (controls) were compared using logistic regression to determine the association of DCS with time and depth while controlling for diver and dive profiles characteristics. The mean for cases and controls were 20.7h vs. 27.1h respectively for intervals and 22.5ms vs. 19msw respectively for maximum depth. Other factors considered included sex, weight, height, age and years of diving. Relative to flying over 28h after diving, the odds of DCS were 1.02 for 24-28h, 1.84 for 20-24h and 8.5 for less than 20h. Relative to a depth of less than 14.7msw, the odds of DCS were: 1.2 for 14.7-18.5 msw, 2.9 for 18.5-26 msw and 5.5 for more than 26 msw.
Descriptors (primary) decompression sickness; risk factors; air transport; diving
Descriptors (secondary) symptoms; experience; hazard evaluation; sex-linked differences; long-term study; age-linked differences; case-control study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Air transportation
Hyperbaric pressure