RR171 - Human Factors in Decompression Sickness in Compressed Air Workers in the United Kingdom 1986-2000
Describes a case-control study of UK compressed air workers in
which subjects with repetitive DCS during a single compressed air
project were matched to two control groups. An analysis of the HSE
Decompression Database was undertaken to examine the relative
contribution of those workers with repetitive DCS to the overall
number of DCS episodes in the UK during the study period. Results
show 4% of the workforce in the Decompression Database suffered 50%
of the episodes of DCS requiring therapeutic recompression. This
study did not find any differences in the personal characteristics
of compressed air workers with multiple, single or zero episodes of
DCS when matched by contract, occupation and pressure exposure.
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