Accession Number:

ADA034355

Title:

A Review of the Treatment of Underwater Blast Injuries

Descriptive Note:

Final technical rept. 1 Jun 1974-30 Sep 1976

Corporate Author:

LOVELACE FOUNDATION FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH ALBUQUERQUE NM

Report Date:

1976-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

40.0

Abstract:

Literature on underwater blast effects in man and animals was reviewed with particular reference to its pathology, pathophysiology and therapy. Anatomic structures which contain air, i.e., lungs, enteric tract, nasal sinuses and middle ear were found to be most vulnerable to blast injury. An historical review of therapeutic procedures used in the treatment of blast injury was then presented. Factors found to be of greatest potential benefit in improving the dismal survival rate of underwater blast victims includes 1 prevention of air emboli, 2 maintenance of adequate ventilation and respiration and 3 timely surgical repair of enteric tract injuries.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE