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Document ID (ISN)25365
CIS number 76-1155
Year 1975
Convention or series no.
Title The problem of hyperbaric rescue in the North Sea and its possible solutions.
Bibliographic information Society of Underwater Technology, 1 Birdcage Walk, London S.W.1H 9JJ, United Kingdom, Sep. 1975. 3p.
Abstract Divers working in the North Sea often have to live in an ambient pressure equivalent to the working depth (up to 200m), and decompression may take as long as a week. This pamphlet considers the problems arising in the event of accident or illness under these circumstances. Consideration is given to the factors influencing the doctor's decision, on his arrival on the rig, whether to decompress the patient, perform surgery in the pressure chamber, or transfer him ashore under pressure. Requirements for the portable pressure chamber used for transfer, a suitable helicopter, the onshore hyperbaric complex, and the doctor and medical attendant ("rig medic"), are dealt with. Of the 3 options, early transfer of the injured diver to shore may often be best, and it is this aspect that is treated in the greatest detail.
Descriptors (primary) hyperbaric pressure; medical treatment; offshore oil extraction; diving
Descriptors (secondary) decompression; transport of the injured; care of sick workers; saturation diving
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Subject(s) Medicine, hygiene and first aid
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Petroleum and natural gas industry
Hyperbaric pressure