Pilot Hypoxia Term Paper by Nicky

Pilot Hypoxia
An overview of pilot hypoxia and the risks to aviation.
# 147767 | 1,378 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jun 29, 2011 in Medical and Health (General) , Aviation, Aeronautics (General)

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This paper discusses how at altitudes above 5,000 feet, atmospheric pressure begins to drop below the levels required for optimal cognitive and physical functions and how this reduction of function caused by insufficient blood oxygen levels is known as hypoxia and exists in several different forms. The paper examines the different types of hypoxia and how at 10,000 feet, hypoxia is a very serious risk to aviators.

The Physiological Mechanism of Altitude-Induced Hypoxia
Types of Hypoxia
Signs and Symptoms of Altitude-Induced Hypoxia
Altitude-Induced Hypoxia Prevention

From the Paper:

"Histotoxic Hypoxia refers to hypoxia specifically caused by toxins in the blood that interfere with the ability of hemoglobin to absorb oxygen even in the presence of sufficient quantities and at normal atmospheric pressure (Jepperson, 2007; USDOT, 2003). In that regard, alcohol is the most likely toxin to affect pilots, but other poisonous substances like cyanide and certain narcotics and other medications (including some sold over-the-counter) can also cause histotoxic hypoxia. Finally, Stagnant Hypoxia refers to insufficient oxygen absorption caused by underlying circulatory problems that reduce blood flow, and therefore, the efficient transport of oxygen, even where the quality of air, atmospheric conditions, and oxygen absorption by hemoglobin are normal (Jepperson, 2007; USDOT, 2003)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Jepperson. (2007). Guided Flight Discovery: Private Pilot Englewood, CO: Jepperson.
  • Jepperson. (2006). Guided Flight Discovery: Instrument Commercial Englewood, CO: Jepperson.
  • Reinhart, R.O. (2008). Basic Flight Physiology New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • U.S.D.O.T. (2009). Federal Aviation Regulations Aeronautical Information ManualNewcastle, WA: ASA.
  • U.S.D.O.T. (2003). Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge Washington, DC: USFAA

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