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Document ID (ISN)41920
CIS number 84-1131
ISSN - Serial title 0095-6562 - Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine
Year 1982
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kolesari G.L., Kindwall E.P.
Title Survival following accidental decompression to an altitude greater than 74,000 feet (22,555m)
Bibliographic information Dec. 1982, Vol.53, No.12, p.1211-1214. Illus. 3 ref.
Abstract The accident occurred in an industrial vacuum chamber. The victim experienced burst lung, massive decompression sickness, and sustained ebulism (vaporisation of blood). He remained "at altitude" for as much as 3-5min. He was still profoundly unconscious 5.5h after the accident. After treatment in a hyperbaric chamber with recompression he eventually recovered. Substantial barotrauma to the tissues was present. This is probably the most severe case of unprotected human decompression with survival reported to date.
Descriptors (primary) occupational accidents; high altitude; vacuum chambers; decompression
Descriptors (secondary) case study; decompression sickness; horseplay; recompression; barotrauma
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Compressed gases and pressure vessels
Hypobaric pressure