Accession Number:

ADA094580

Title:

Approaches to Inflight Ear Oximetry.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 May-31 Dec 79,

Corporate Author:

TEXAS A AND M UNIV COLLEGE STATION BIOENGINEERING DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1980-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

15.0

Abstract:

The USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, as part of its ongoing research in aircrew physiological response, has been interested in the capability of noninvasive measurement of arterial blood oxygen saturation during flying operations. This report addresses ear oximetry techniques as one of the candidate technologies for that measurement. A brief review of the history and present state-of-the-art of ear oximetry is presented. Related and alternate technologies for measurement of arterial blood oxygen saturation are also discussed. The study concludes that the current state-of-the-art of ear oximetry does not yield itself to development of a noninvasive measurement device that satisfies the severely restrictive constraints of size, weight, and power consumption required by inflight applications. The report recommends that related or alternate technologies, include transcutaneous oxygen electrodes, be investigated. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE