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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

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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