Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor
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
Willi MJ. Improving Survival During Snow Burial in Avalanches. JAMA. 2000;284(10):1242–1243. doi:10.1001/jama.284.10.1239
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