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Med J Aust. 1996 Sep 2;165(5):262-3.

A diving fatality due to oxygen toxicity during a "technical" dive.

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NSW Institute of Forensic Medicine, Sydney, NSW. IOFM@OZEMAIL.COM.AU


An experienced diver drowned after a generalised seizure caused by oxygen toxicity during a 19-minute "technical" dive to a depth of 47 m. He had used a 50% oxygen/nitrogen gas mixture inappropriately during the dive. This case attests the risk of oxygen toxicity from oxygen-enriched air during deep dives, the shortcomings of the diver's equipment, and the need to examine, with knowledge of diving physiology and practice, both the body and equipment.

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