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dc.contributor.authorO'Connor, Paul
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-14T13:32:21Z
dc.date.available2012-02-14T13:32:21Z
dc.date.issued2009-07
dc.identifier.citationO'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.identifier.issn0095-6562
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10379/2574
dc.description.abstractCold 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.language.isoenen_US
dc.relation.ispartofAviation, Space And Environmental Medicineen
dc.subjectCold water immersionen_US
dc.subjectHypothermiaen_US
dc.subjectExternal heatingen_US
dc.titleTorso heating of divers in cold water.en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.date.updated2012-02-10T11:54:43Z
dc.description.peer-reviewedpeer-reviewed
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dc.internal.rssid1155723
dc.local.contactPaul O'Connor, Cisc, Nuig. Email: paul.oconnor@nuigalway.ie
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