Effects of Anti-G Measures on Gas Exchange.
Final rept. 1 Apr 78-31 May 81,
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE DEPT OF PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOPHYSICS
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This project was designed to serve as the first step to examine various aspects of gas exchange during high sustained gravitational stress HSG and the influence of commonly used protective measures on the gas exchange process during HSG. Studies focused on four apsects of the problem 1 Effects of G-suit abdominal bladder inflation on oxygen delivery at 1Gz 2 Interaction of pulmonary mechanics and G-suit bladder inflation during Gz stress 3 Time course of gas exchange detriment during Gz stress and the influence of G-suit abdominal bladder inflatio on that deteriment and 4 Use of Krypton-81m as a means of examining continuously the topographical distribution of ventilation. Results in canine studies that, while the G-suit abdominal bladder helps maintain oxygen delivery at low Gz levels, its use at higher Gz levels contributes to the gas exchange detriment. The increased detriment is associated with regional lung compression resulting from abdominal bladder inflation. Data indicate that exposure to HSG with G-suit abdominal bladder inflation is sufficient to cause atelectasis even though the subject breathes air. Author
- Stress Physiology