A new report in Pediatr Emerg Care condiders the medical implications for young SCUBA divers. Worldwide, more than 1000 scuba (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) diving injuries per year require hyperbaric recompression. Approximately 80 to 90 fatalities per year are reported in North America. On average, there were 16 diving injuries requiring recompression in scuba divers aged 19 years and younger in North America between 1988 and 2002. The youngest injured diver was 11 years old and the youngest fatality was 14 years old.
Journal reference: Pediatr Emerg Care, October 1, 2005; 21(10): 681-6.