|Document ID (ISN)||109197|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0095-6562 - Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Rosenkvist L., Klokker M., Katholm M.
||Upper respiratory infections and barotraumas in commercial pilots: A retrospective survey
||Oct. 2008, Vol.79, No.10, p.960-963. 18 ref.
||The 948 commercial pilots having visited the Danish Aero Medical Centre during a six-month period were given a questionnaire on symptoms of upper respiratory infections (URI) and barotrauma incidence in relation to flying with a common cold. Every pilot declared having experienced one to two URIs per year. 57.2% reported themselves unfit, while 42.8% continued with their flying duties despite their symptoms. Of the latter group, 78.0% reported taking decongestant medication. More than one-third of the pilots (37.6%) reported having experienced one or more episodes of ear barotrauma, mainly during descent, whereas 19.5% reported one or more sinus barotrauma incidents during their flying career. The findings show that not all pilots and airline companies consider URI a valid reason for unfitness to fly despite the risk for acute incapacitation.
||rhinitis; Denmark; barotrauma; air transport; work aptitude; aircraft; upper respiratory diseases
||subjective assessment; sickness absenteeism; frequency rates; physical fitness; questionnaire survey; state of health
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Denmark|
||Transport and communications
|Broad subject area(s)
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
||Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)