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An abrupt zero-preoxygenation altitude threshold for decompression sickness symptoms.

Authors
  • Webb, J T
  • Pilmanis, A A
  • O'Connor, R B
Type
Published Article
Journal
Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine
Publisher
Aerospace Medical Association
Publication Date
Apr 01, 1998
Volume
69
Issue
4
Pages
335–340
Identifiers
PMID: 9561279
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

A 5% threshold for DCS symptoms was concluded to be 20,500 ft under the conditions of this study. The abrupt increase in DCS symptoms, with zero-preoxygenation exposure above 21,200 ft implies a need for reconsideration of current USAF and FAA altitude exposure guidance.

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