Decompression from a deep nitrogen/oxygen saturation dive--a case report.

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Journal Article

Ten divers participated in a 4.5 d nitrogen/oxygen saturation dive to 165 fsw. There were daily 2 h excursions to 61 msw (200 fsw). The divers breathed air during the excursions and 0.51 bar (0.5 atm) oxygen in nitrogen at 50.3 msw (165 fsw). The final decompression began 6 h after the last excursion. The oxygen partial pressure was 0.51 bar (0.5 atm) from 50.3 to 13.7 msw (165 to 45 fsw), and air was used from 13.7 msw (45 fsw) to the surface. By 6.1 msw (20 fsw), four divers had developed decompression sickness. A fifth diver developed decompression sickness during a commercial air flight 68 h after surfacing. Comparison of ascent rates for this dive and for air or nitrogen/oxygen saturation dives reported in the literature suggests that deeper dives require slower rates of ascent. Dives shallower than 30.5 msw (100 fsw) had a mean ascent rate of 1 msw/h (3.2 fsw/h) and 14 decompression incidents in 107 man-exposures. Dives deeper than 30.5 msw (100 fsw) had a mean rate of 0.76 msw/h (2.5 fsw/h) and 14 incidents in 45 man-exposures.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Barry, PD; Vann, RD; Youngblood, DA; Peterson, RE; Bennett, PB

Published Date

  • December 1984

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 387 - 393

PubMed ID

  • 6535315

Pubmed Central ID

  • 6535315

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0093-5387

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States