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Contributions of Hypoxia-Awareness Training to the Familiarization of Personal Symptoms for Occupational Safety in the Flight Environment

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Aviation Physiology Research Laboratory, Kaohsiung Armed Forces General Hospital Gangshan Branch, Kaohsiung City 820, Taiwan
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School of Public Health, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei City 114, Taiwan
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Department of Health Business Administration, Meiho University, Pingtung County 912, Taiwan
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Department of Life Sciences and PhD Program in Translational Medicine, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung City 402, Taiwan
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Institute of Medical Science and Technology, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung City 804, Taiwan
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Department of General Medicine, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei City 114, Taiwan
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Graduate Institute of Life Sciences, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei City 114, Taiwan
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Emergency Room, Kaohsiung Armed Force General Hospital, Kaohsiung City 802, Taiwan
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School of Nursing, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung City 807, Taiwan
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Graduate Institute of Aerospace and Undersea Medicine, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei City 114, Taiwan
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Academic Editors: Ivo Iavicoli and Paul Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(6), 2904; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18062904
Received: 21 January 2021 / Revised: 8 March 2021 / Accepted: 11 March 2021 / Published: 12 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Occupational Safety and Health)
Hypoxia remains a flight-safety issue in terms of aviation medicine. Hypoxia-awareness training has been used to help aircrew members recognize personal hypoxia symptoms. There is still no study, as yet, to establish the association of within-subject data between inflight hypoxia events and the altitude chamber. The main purpose of our study was to use paired subjects’ data on inflight hypoxia symptoms compared with those experienced during training. A questionnaire was developed to obtain information on military aircrew members in 2018. Among 341 subjects, 46 (13.49%) suffered from inflight hypoxia. The majority of the subjects detected ongoing inflight hypoxia on the basis of their previous experience with personal hypoxia symptoms or sensations in previous chamber flights. Of the top five hypoxia symptoms, the data revealed that hot flashes, poor concentration, and impaired cognitive function appeared both during the inflight events and during the hypoxia-awareness training. The occurrence rate of hypoxia symptoms was found to not be significantly different between the in-flight events and the past chamber flights through an analysis of within-subject data. Because the individual memory had faded away over time, fresher hypoxia awareness training is still mandatory and valuable to recall personal hypoxia experience for military aircrew members. View Full-Text
Keywords: hypoxia; aviation medicine; hypoxia-awareness training; altitude chamber hypoxia; aviation medicine; hypoxia-awareness training; altitude chamber
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Chiang, K.-T.; Tu, M.-Y.; Cheng, C.-C.; Chen, H.-H.; Huang, W.-W.; Chiu, Y.-L.; Wang, Y.-Y.; Lai, C.-Y. Contributions of Hypoxia-Awareness Training to the Familiarization of Personal Symptoms for Occupational Safety in the Flight Environment. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 2904. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18062904

AMA Style

Chiang K-T, Tu M-Y, Cheng C-C, Chen H-H, Huang W-W, Chiu Y-L, Wang Y-Y, Lai C-Y. Contributions of Hypoxia-Awareness Training to the Familiarization of Personal Symptoms for Occupational Safety in the Flight Environment. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(6):2904. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18062904

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Chiang, Kwo-Tsao, Min-Yu Tu, Chao-Chien Cheng, Hsin-Hui Chen, Wun-Wei Huang, Yu-Lung Chiu, Yun-Yi Wang, and Chung-Yu Lai. 2021. "Contributions of Hypoxia-Awareness Training to the Familiarization of Personal Symptoms for Occupational Safety in the Flight Environment" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 6: 2904. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18062904

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