A DISCUSSION OF MEDICAL MONITORING IN RELATION TO SAFETY IN CENTRIFUGE OPERATIONS.
Rept. no. 10,
NAVAL AIR DEVELOPMENT CENTER JOHNSVILLE PA AVIATION MEDICAL ACCELERATION LAB
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The use of humans as subjects during centrifuge experiments and simulations requires that constant medical monitoring be performed by a physician who is completely familiar with the requirements and procedures of the experiment. The tools and techniques of the medical monitor are evaluated in relation to their effectiveness as aids in the performance of this job. Specifically, the importance of a continuous voice communication loop between the subject and monitor is stressed so that the monitor can make continuing judgments regarding the subjects condition based on the appropriateness of answers, occurrence of coughing, etc. Great emphasis is placed on the importance of closed circuit television as an aid in monitoring since the appearance of the subjects face, especially his eyes can be checked for changes during the runs. The role of the electrocardiogram in monitoring is discussed as are some of the problems developed during acceleration runs. Some of the factors involved in proper selection of subjects for centrifuge experimentation also are presented. Author