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Vol 72, No 1 (2021)
Case report
Published online: 2021-03-29
Submitted: 2020-11-06
Accepted: 2020-12-22
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Rescue of a saturation diver, unconscious due to an explosion underwater

Ajit C. Kulkarni
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2021.0006
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Pubmed: 33829472
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International Maritime Health 2021;72(1):46-48.

open access

Vol 72, No 1 (2021)
HYPERBARIC MEDICINE Case report
Published online: 2021-03-29
Submitted: 2020-11-06
Accepted: 2020-12-22

Abstract

Evolution of “safe diving practices” introduced by the diving industry and regulatory authorities in the North Sea over the past 3 or 4 decades has improved the safety records of oilfield commercial diving considerably. However, accidents still occur. In an accident occurring underwater, the outcome is often fatal. For a diving doctor providing emergency medical advice to the industry, when a diving superintendent calls to say “I have a problem” indicates an emergency and a life and death situation for a diver in water. Making a quick decision after comprehending the situations is important to tackle the problem.

Abstract

Evolution of “safe diving practices” introduced by the diving industry and regulatory authorities in the North Sea over the past 3 or 4 decades has improved the safety records of oilfield commercial diving considerably. However, accidents still occur. In an accident occurring underwater, the outcome is often fatal. For a diving doctor providing emergency medical advice to the industry, when a diving superintendent calls to say “I have a problem” indicates an emergency and a life and death situation for a diver in water. Making a quick decision after comprehending the situations is important to tackle the problem.

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Keywords

saturation diving, oxy-arc cutting, underwater explosion, hypothermia

About this article
Title

Rescue of a saturation diver, unconscious due to an explosion underwater

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 72, No 1 (2021)

Article type

Case report

Pages

46-48

Published online

2021-03-29

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2021.0006

Pubmed

33829472

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2021;72(1):46-48.

Keywords

saturation diving
oxy-arc cutting
underwater explosion
hypothermia

Authors

Ajit C. Kulkarni

References (3)
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  3. International Marine Contractor’s Association. 52, Grosvenor gardens, London SW1W 0AV. Oxy Arc Cutting D 003 Rev 1, 2001.

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