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Vol 69, No 1 (2018)
HYPERBARIC MEDICINE Review articles
Published online: 2018-03-28
Submitted: 2017-10-20
Accepted: 2018-02-08
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Health effects of hyperbaric exposure on chamber attendants: a literature review

Richard Pougnet, Laurence Pougnet, David Lucas, Anne Henckes, Brice Loddé, Jean-Dominique Dewitte
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2018.0009
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International Maritime Health 2018;69(1):58-62.

open access

Vol 69, No 1 (2018)
HYPERBARIC MEDICINE Review articles
Published online: 2018-03-28
Submitted: 2017-10-20
Accepted: 2018-02-08

Abstract

Background: Inside attendants working in hyperbaric chambers are exposed to risks related to the hyperbaric environment, handling and care. The aim of this study is to review the literature focusing on the impact of this activity on health.

Materials and methods: This is a literature review using the Medline database.

Results: Eight articles studied decompression illness (DCI). The incidence of DCI ranged from 0 to 37 per 100,000 sessions in hyperbaric chambers (SHC). The incidence of injuries ranged from 0 to 412 per 100,000 SHC. The most prevalent cause of accidental death was fire: 77 deaths (patients and attendants) between 1923 and 1996. Dysbaric osteonecrosis has been reported in one study only.

Conclusions: Inside attendants face risks in the chamber, even if serious health effects seems rare compared to the total number of SHC.

Abstract

Background: Inside attendants working in hyperbaric chambers are exposed to risks related to the hyperbaric environment, handling and care. The aim of this study is to review the literature focusing on the impact of this activity on health.

Materials and methods: This is a literature review using the Medline database.

Results: Eight articles studied decompression illness (DCI). The incidence of DCI ranged from 0 to 37 per 100,000 sessions in hyperbaric chambers (SHC). The incidence of injuries ranged from 0 to 412 per 100,000 SHC. The most prevalent cause of accidental death was fire: 77 deaths (patients and attendants) between 1923 and 1996. Dysbaric osteonecrosis has been reported in one study only.

Conclusions: Inside attendants face risks in the chamber, even if serious health effects seems rare compared to the total number of SHC.

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Keywords

hyperbaric chamber, inside attendant, occupational accidents [Mesh], occupational diseases [Mesh]

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Title

Health effects of hyperbaric exposure on chamber attendants: a literature review

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 69, No 1 (2018)

Pages

58-62

Published online

2018-03-28

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2018.0009

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2018;69(1):58-62.

Keywords

hyperbaric chamber
inside attendant
occupational accidents [Mesh]
occupational diseases [Mesh]

Authors

Richard Pougnet
Laurence Pougnet
David Lucas
Anne Henckes
Brice Loddé
Jean-Dominique Dewitte

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