By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- Fresh data on Environmental Health are presented in a new report. According to news reporting from Clamart, France, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "In the French Air Force, commitment of fighter squadrons in Afghanistan revives the fear among pilots of being ejected in a hostile environment, along with the prospect of being captured. Although ejection in a hostile environment is an exceptional event, it is what flight crews fear most strongly over enemy territory."
The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from Percy Military Hospital, "Since the widespread use of ejection seats in fighter aircraft in the 1950s, ejection has become a means of protecting the crews' lives. Ejection is a breaking point when the pilot suddenly passes from an intense activity to a passive position in which he (or she) is often helpless and sometimes exposed to the hostility of the environment where he lands. It is always important to analyze the circumstances surrounding an ejection. Some clinical observations allow us to understand the psycho-traumatic potential of this brutal experience. In a hostile environment, ejection quite rapidly becomes a question of survival. The pilot is technically and physically prepared during training. He (or she) regularly trains for the use of the ejection seat and the equipment to protect himself, to report, and ensure his survival until his recovery. Because it is always a singular event, on a case-by-case basis, no psychological reaction to such a situation can be modeled with a view to predicting psycho-traumatic disorders."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Since 2007, there has been a medico-psychological supporting device, organized by the French Air Force, to be used after this type of event."
For more information on this research see: Ejection in hostile environments: medico-psychological aspects for the fighter pilot. Aviation Space & Environmental Medicine, 2013;84(8):856-8. Aviation Space & Environmental Medicine can be contacted at: Aerospace Medical Assoc, 320 S Henry St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3579, USA (see also Environmental Health).
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M. Daudin, Medico-Psychological Service Applied to Aeronautics, Main Aeromedical Centre, Percy Military Hospital, 101 Avenue Henri Barbusse, Clamart, Hauts-de-Seine 92141, France. Additional authors for this research include M.D. Renard, V. Louzon, S. Chollet and M.D Colas.
Publisher contact information for the journal Aviation Space & Environmental Medicine is: Aerospace Medical Assoc, 320 S Henry St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3579, USA.
Keywords for this news article include: France, Europe, Clamart, Psychological, Environmental Health.
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