Wayne A. Gerth
Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology
Improved methods are being developed to prevent decompression sickness (DCS) in divers, aviators and astronauts. Experimental studies are underway to test exercise-enhanced denitrogenation procedures for use by Shuttle astronauts to prepare for the "space-walks," or EVAs, that will be required to build the International Space Station. In other human subjects studies, minimum safe surface intervals for flying in commercial aircraft after recreational SCUBA diving are being determined. Results from these and other studies at other laboratories are being incorporated into probabilistic gas and bubble dynamics models of DCS incidence and time of DCS occurrence that provide unprecedented flexibility in the planning and execution of any manned operation in which atmospheric decompression occurs. The models are being used to develop new oxygen-accelerated decompression procedures for rescue of personnel from disabled submarines, and to develop mew decompression procedures for Navy helium-oxygen operational diving.
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