Comparison of thermal manikins to human thermoregulatory responses

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Proceedings titleExtreme Physiology and Medicine
Conference16th International Conference on Environmental Ergonomics (ICEE XV) 28 June - 3 July 2015, Portsmouth, UK
IssueSuppl. 1
Article numberA16
AbstractImmersion suits are lifesaving appliances (LSA) designed to protect the wearer if they become accidently immersed in cold water by reducing the cold shock response and delaying the onset of hypothermia. Immersion suits are certified to both national and international standards; some of which require the thermal protective properties to be tested using humans or thermal manikins. The ethical nature of testing with humans has been questioned [1] due to the physically grueling nature of these tests, thus testing with manikins may be preferential. However, previous work has shown that discrepancies exist between thermal manikins and humans that could result in immersion suit selection that would benefit the former more than the latter who would ultimately use it [2]. This study investigated the thermoregulatory responses of humans and compared them to a thermal manikin while wearing immersion ensembles with insulation distributed in various configurations hypothesized to be beneficial to humans and manikins.
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AffiliationOcean, Coastal and River Engineering; National Research Council Canada
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NRC numberOCRE-PR-2015-016
NPARC number21277616
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