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Document ID (ISN)109197
CIS number 09-202
ISSN - Serial title 0095-6562 - Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rosenkvist L., Klokker M., Katholm M.
Title Upper respiratory infections and barotraumas in commercial pilots: A retrospective survey
Bibliographic information Oct. 2008, Vol.79, No.10, p.960-963. 18 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) rhinitis; Denmark; barotrauma; air transport; work aptitude; aircraft; upper respiratory diseases
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; sickness absenteeism; frequency rates; physical fitness; questionnaire survey; state of health
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceDenmark
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Physical hazards
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Air transportation
Hyperbaric pressure