Torso heating of divers in cold water.
|dc.identifier.citation||O'Connor, P., Hyde, D., & Clarke, J. (2009) 'Torso heating of divers in cold water'. Aviation, Space And Environmental Medicine, 80 :603-609.||en_US|
|dc.description.abstract||Cold water immersion could compromise both the effectiveness and safety of a diver. This paper reports an evaluation of the utility of providing external heating to divers in cold water. Methods: Seven U.S. Navy divers wearing semidry suits were submerged in 7.2°C water for 2 h. In the heated condition, a total of 35 W was delivered to each of four heating pads (total area 2477 cm2) placed on the torso of the divers. In the unheated condition, the participants received no external heating. Results: The participants believed they were more comfortable in the heated, than the unheated condition. However, objective data did not support this perception. In fact, heating the torso had a significantly detrimental effect on the body's thermoregulatory ability, and lacked a positive effect on manual dexterity. Cognitive test performance was not affected by the exposure. Discussion: Heating the torso did not have a positive effect on diver performance. Moreover, heating the torso of a diver may actually increase susceptibility to hypothermia.||en_US|
|dc.relation.ispartof||Aviation, Space And Environmental Medicine||en|
|dc.subject||Cold water immersion||en_US|
|dc.title||Torso heating of divers in cold water.||en_US|
|dc.local.contact||Paul O'Connor, Cisc, Nuig. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
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