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Title: Traumatic air embolism
Authors: Azzopardi, Nazzareno
Keywords: Embolism
Scuba diving accidents -- Malta -- Case studies
Scuba diving accidents -- Prevention
Issue Date: 1974
Publisher: The St. Luke`s Hospital Gazette
Citation: Azzopardi, N. (1974). Traumatic air embolism. The St. Luke`s Hospital Gazette, 9(2), 119-121.
Abstract: A rare case of traumatic air embolism and a possible hazard to underwater divers using SCUBA method are herein described. This accident illustrates the risk untrained and unprepared divers run when faced with an emergency while deep under water. The trainer accompanying this man suffered from no ill-effects despite the rapid ascent. The importance of not diving after a hearty meal is made evident by the probability that the vomiting caused this diver to pull off the mouth piece while 30 meters underwater. Though the patient discussed was once found fit to be an aeroplane pilot this does not exclude the presence of any pulmonary inflammatory lesion that could have caused a weakening of the tracheo-bronchial tree.
Appears in Collections:TSLHG, Volume 9, Issue 2
TSLHG, Volume 9, Issue 2

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