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Oxygen breathing or recompression during decompression from nitrox dives with a rebreather: effects on intravascular bubble burden and ramifications for decompression profiles.
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PMID:  21997676     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Preventive measures to reduce the risk of decompression sickness can involve several procedures such as oxygen breathing during in-water decompression. Theoretical predictions also suggest that brief periods of recompression during the course of decompression could be a method for controlling bubble formation. The aim of this study was to get clearer information about the effects of different experimental ascent profiles (EAPs) on bubble reduction, using pure oxygen or recompression during decompression for nitrox diving. Four EAPs were evaluated using bubble monitoring in a group of six military divers using Nitrox 40% O(2) breathing with a rebreather. For EAP 1 and 2, 100% O(2) was used for the end stage of decompression, with a 30% reduction of decompression time in EAP 1 and 50% in EAP 2, compared to the French navy standard schedule. For EAP 3 and 4, nitrox 40% O(2) was maintained throughout the decompression stage. EAP 3 is based on an air standard decompression schedule, whereas EAP 4 involved a brief period of recompression at the end of the stop. We found that EAP 1 significantly reduced bubble formation, whereas high bubble grades occurred with other EAPs. No statistical differences were observed in bubbles scores between EAP 3 and 4. One diver developed mild neurological symptoms after EAP 3. These results tend to demonstrate that the "oxygen window" plays a key role in the reduction of bubble production and that breathing pure oxygen during decompression stops is an optimal strategy to prevent decompression sickness for nitrox diving.
Jean-Eric Blatteau; Julien Hugon; Emmanuel Gempp; Olivier Castagna; Christophe Pény; Nicolas Vallée
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-10-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of applied physiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1439-6327     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
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Created Date:  2011-10-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100954790     Medline TA:  Eur J Appl Physiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Equipe Résidante de Recherche Subaquatique Opérationnelle (ERRSO), Institut de Recherche Biomédicale des armées (IRBA), BP 20545, 83041, Toulon cedex 9, France,
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