Monitoring of Bacterial Status and Antibacterial Cleaning of Saturation Diving Systems
Infection of the outer ear (otitis externa) is a common problem during saturation diving. The moist, warm environment of high-pressure heliox facilitates the growth of the gram-negative bacillus Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Symptoms of itching, burning, pain and discharge can become intense and result in the diver being unable to work (Farmer, 1982). If, as a result, divers have to leave saturation, this causes inconvenience and loss of earnings to them and disruption of the work schedule they were undertaking.
KeywordsPseudomonas Aeruginosa Otitis Externa Saturation System Initial Compression Support Vessel
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