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Document ID (ISN)110470
CIS number 10-0116
ISSN - Serial title 0095-6562 - Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Brandt M.S., Morrison T.O., Butler W.P.
Title Decompression sickness rates for chamber personnel: Case series from one facility
Bibliographic information June 2009, Vol.80, No.6, p.570-573. 11 ref.
Abstract During 2004, an epidemic of decompression sickness (DCS) was observed among participants of a United States air force physiological training programme. There were 10 cases of chamber-induced altitude DCS observed. Internal and external investigations focused on time, place, person, and environment. Four were students and six were inside observers. Four were women and six men. Among the inside observers, examining the monthly exposures load against DCS suggested a dose-response relationship. Poisson regression analysis demonstrated a statistically significant 2.1-fold rise in DCS risk with each monthly exposure. Consequently, the number of exposures per month may need to be considered when devising inside observer schedules.
Descriptors (primary) decompression sickness; vocational training; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) USA; statistical evaluation; hypobaric facilities; limitation of exposure; dose-response relationship
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Hypobaric pressure