Respiratory drive during sudden cold water immersion.

  title={Respiratory drive during sudden cold water immersion.},
  author={Igor B Mekjavi{\'c} and A J La Prairie and William Sean Burke and Bertil Lindborg},
  journal={Respiration physiology},
  volume={70 1},
Sudden decreases in cutaneous temperature induce an immediate ventilatory response, which has been termed the inspiratory or 'gasp' reflex. This respiratory response has been implicated as a contributing factor to cold water immersion drowning. In the present study, five subjects wearing either shorts or a variety of thermal protective apparel were immersed on separate occasions in 10 degrees C water. The observed peak mean skin temperature cooling rates (dTs/dt) for the different conditions… CONTINUE READING

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