Diver Health Survey score and probability of decompression sickness among occupational dive guides and instructors

G.A. Van Der Hulst, Peter Buzzacott

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Abstract

(van der Hulst GA, Buzzacott PL. Diver Health Survey score and probability of decompression sickness among occupational dive guides and instructors. Diving Hyperb Med. 2012;42(1):18-23.)Introduction: This study attempted to correlate self-reported post-dive Diver Health Survey (DHS) scores with computed daily probability of decompression sickness (pDCS) values as a measure of decompression stress in occupational divers in the recreational diving industry.Methods: Divers completed the DHS form and their dive profiles were recorded electronically. The pDCS for each dive was calculated using the LE1 probabilistic model. Data were analysed using a mixed effects model.Results: DHS score was not significantly associated with pDCS. Mean DHS score on non-diving days was 1.6 and increased by 0.8 for each dive made during any day. Mean number of daily dives was 1.9 and mean DHS score on diving days was 3.1.Conclusion: Utility of the DHS for monitoring daily decompression stress among occupational divers working in the recreational diving industry in New Zealand remains unproven.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-23
JournalDiving and Hyperbaric Medicine
Volume42
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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