Thursday, August 20, 2009

Western Australian recreational scuba diving fatalities, 1992 to 2005.(Health promotion)

Coroners reports for 24 diving fatalities were reviewed to determine anthropometry, certification status and breaches of safe practices for each.

Results: Certification status was known for 20 divers and of these six (30%) were uncertified. Certified divers breached significantly fewer sale diving practices than uncertified divers (p<0.01). Existing regulatory mechanisms require training certification only for dives made from commercial dive boats, yet the number of deaths involving shore dives or private craft (n=15) were triple the number diving from commercial boats (n=5).

Conclusion: Uncertified divers are less regulated and breach more safe practices than certified divers.

Implications: We recommend changes to existing regulations governing dives made from shore and private craft in WA, requiring that all divers be certified.

Key words: diving, drowning, mortality determinants, risk factors.

doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2009.00377.x

Source Citation:Buzzacott, Peter, Michael Rosenberg, and Terri Pikora. "Western Australian recreational scuba diving fatalities, 1992 to 2005.(Health promotion)(Author abstract)(Report)." Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 33.3 (June 2009): 212(3). Academic OneFile. Gale. BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY. 20 Aug. 2009
Gale Document Number:A201853435

Disclaimer:This information is not a tool for self-diagnosis or a substitute for professional

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