Human performance in adverse conditions.(Watersafe 2004)


We will look at the issues for personal survival and rescuers in water rescue conditions--how human performance and its physiology in adverse conditions affects us all

This paper will briefly review how the body responds to immersion in cold water; identifies the associated hazards; discusses preventative measures to offset the risks, and outlines the basic initial treatment measures.

Specifically, the mechanisms of Cold Shock will be explained in some detail as will the problem of cold-water swim failure. The significance of hypothermia will also be discussed, and the dangers of near-drowning explained. In particular the probable mechanisms of why some people survive following protracted submersion will be covered and its implications into the decision making process of when other lives should/should not be put at risk in attempting rescue. …

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