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Document ID (ISN)109817
CIS number 09-918
ISSN - Serial title 0095-6562 - Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Toklu A.S., Cimsit M.
Title Sponge divers of the Agean and medical consequences of risky compressed-air dive profiles
Bibliographic information Apr. 2009, Vol.80, No.4, p.414-417. Illus. 10 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to analyse the relationship between occupational health problems among Turkish sponge divers and their level of knowledge, diving equipment and dive profiles. Data were collected by interviewing former sponge divers, reviewing the relevant literature and examining the medical records of sponge divers who underwent recompression treatment. Divers used profiles that are now known to involve high risks of decompression sickness and dysbaric osteonecrosis. The records of 58 divers who had received recompression treatment showed that all cases involved severe decompression sickness and delays from dive to recompression that averaged 72h. Complete resolution of symptoms occurred in only 11 cases. Several factors that contributed to the risks in this occupational group, including unsafe dive profiles, resistance to seeking treatment, long delays before recompression and the fact that recompression treatment had used air rather than oxygen.
Descriptors (primary) Turkey; decompression bone damage; decompression sickness; safe working methods; osteonecrosis; risk factors; diving
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; hyperbaric oxygen therapy; health service records; symptoms; unsafe acts; safety consciousness
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceTurkey
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Hyperbaric pressure
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system