Accession Number:

ADA371262

Title:

Use of Emergency Evacuation Hyperbaric Stretcher (EEHS) in Submarine Escape and Rescue.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVY EXPERIMENTAL DIVING UNIT PANAMA CITY FL

Report Date:

1999-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

50.0

Abstract:

The U.S. Navy identified a need for portable and collapsible one-man hyperbaric chambers, called Emergency Evacuation Hyperbaric Stretchers EEHS, which could be used as a means of transporting submarine rescuees suffering from Decompression Sickness DCS or Arterial Gas Embolism AGE to a recompression chamber for treatment. This report discusses the possible uses of such a system in the U.S. Navy Submarine Rescue Mission. Medical indications and contraindications for use of the system are reviewed. Characteristics of the currently favored system are described. Triage algorithms and treatment guidelines are presented for submarine escape, submarine rescue, and evacuation using the EEHS. The EEHS represents a significant advance in acute management of distressed submarine casualties, but many logistical issues will require careful consideration and planning.

Subject Categories:

  • Stress Physiology
  • Hydraulic and Pneumatic Equipment
  • Escape, Rescue and Survival

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE