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September 13, 2000

Improving Survival During Snow Burial in Avalanches

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor


Copyright 2000 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2000

JAMA. 2000;284(10):1242-1243. doi:10.1001/jama.284.10.1239

To the Editor: Dr Grissom and colleagues1 described the artificial air pocket device as being worn in a vest. It is imperative to study how well this vest remains on a human body while tumbling in the stresses of an avalanche. Obviously, this would be difficult to perform on a living human being, but I would suggest a simulation in which the vest is placed on a dummy in an induced avalanche. As more data become available on this type of device, I think that potential users need to know whether the device will remain on the body during an actual avalanche.

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