Report On Pharmacological Aspects Of Occupational Safety And Health Of Deep Sea Divers Supporting The Offshore Industry.
NIOSH 1980 May:25 pages
Pharmacological aspects of occupational safety and health of deep sea divers supporting offshore industries are discussed. Because of the depths and duration of dives required of divers working on the outer continental shelf, emergency medical services must be provided in such locales as: extreme depths, diving chambers, or on remotely located oil rigs. Little is known of the effects of commonly used medications upon the body at such depths. Developing broad overall protocols for studying drug interactions and pharmacology is extremely important to the offshore commercial diving industry. Drug problems associated with diving are enumerated. These include drugs present within the body at the start of a dive, drugs interacting with compression, drugs required for use at high pressures, drugs interacting with decompression, and drugs used in treating decompression sickness. Classes of drugs in which urgent research is needed for adequate management of health problems associated with diving are listed. The highest priority should be given to drugs used in emergency and life support situations, drugs used to produce anesthesia under hyperbaric conditions, and commonly used drugs and substances that cause adverse behavioral effects. A paper on drugs and diving is included.
Pharmacology; Physiological-measurements; Industrial-environment; Body-regions; Environmental-factors; Safety-research; Safety-measures; Body-burden;
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NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Cincinnati, Ohio, Undersea Medical Society, Bethesda, Maryland, UMS Publication Number 39(CD), 25 pages, 11 References