Mild hypoxia and the use of oxygen in flight.

  title={Mild hypoxia and the use of oxygen in flight.},
  author={J Ernsting},
  journal={Aviation, space, and environmental medicine},
  volume={55 5},
  • J Ernsting
  • Published 1984 in Aviation, space, and environmental medicine
Hypoxia in aviation remains a major hazard. It may be caused by ascent while breathing air, failure of oxygen supply or loss of cabin pressurisation. Malfunction of equipment or its improper use accounted for the majority of hypoxic incidents in one 10-year military study. Symptoms of hypoxia depend on rate of ascent, temperature, and individual variation, as well as altitude. Dyspnoea, lack of coordination and reduction in capacity for skilled performance precede the gross changes which occur… CONTINUE READING

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