Effect of ambient temperature on the risk of decompression sickness in surface decompression divers.

BACKGROUND Several studies have noted an apparent increase in decompression sickness (DCS) risk with surface decompression diving in warm water or with hot water suits (Van Der Aue 1951, Shields 1986, Leffler 1997), but did not perform statistical tests to control for the pressure-time profile. METHODS The 1986 data, including 73 DCS cases out of 14,891… (More)