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Author
Ishikawa, Takaki
Inagaki, Sachiyo
Ishizu, Hideo
Abstract

We encountered a rare case of suffocation by an advertising balloon filled with pure helium gas. Suffocation caused by inhalation of atmosphere lacking in oxygen is not exceptional, but reports of death by suffocation due to a pure inert gas such as helium are very rare. In this case, the balloon mooring on the ground was enclosed, warning signs were displayed, and it was clear that entering the balloon filled with an atmosphere lacking in oxygen was extremely dangerous and should not be done; the accident did, however, occur. Accidents of this kind may occur in the future unless appropriate education and countermeasures are taken.

Keywords
asphyxia
suffocation
helium
advertising balloon
atmosphere lacking in oxygen
Amo Type
Article
Published Date
2002-02
Publication Title
Acta Medica Okayama
Volume
volume56
Issue
issue1
Publisher
Okayama University Medical School
Start Page
53
End Page
55
ISSN
0386-300X
NCID
AA00508441
Content Type
Journal Article
language
英語
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publisher
Refereed
True
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