GO2Altitude® normobaric hypoxia education system has no comparison for ease of use, educational impact, safety and cost effectiveness, and here are the reasons why:
1. GO2Altitude® Hypoxia Education System completes the gap in current training and provides air crew with comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge on the insidious nature and dangers of slowly developing hypoxia - in risk-free normobaric conditions – potentially preventing the loss of lives. The printed individual data reports and video record generated by the GO2Altitude® provide an enduring reminder of the experience to the trainees.
GO2Altitude® simulates altitude by providing air with a pre programmed oxygen content, which is breathed by the student through a comfortable, hand-held, face mask. This air is provided to the mask at normal (ambient) air pressure – hence normobaric hypoxia training.
A finger clip pulse oximeter collects physiological data while cognitive testing takes place via a touch screen monitor. A small video camera films the experience for viewing afterwards by the student.
Oxygen enriched air is automatically supplied via the same mask on completion of the training session. This aids the rapid recovery of the student's blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) and with it, a safe return to normal.
2. Ultimate safety for the student is ensured through the use of a hand held mask.The student is required to hold an oxygen mask up to their face allowing for a safe and automated return to sea level without any adverse affects. This provides a triple safety redundancy and in over twenty years of use there has not been one serious incident. In addition, both the student and fully trained supervisor can abort the test at any time to trigger the instant release of oxygen enriched air into the mask.
3. GO2Altitude® hypoxia education removes the dangerous side-effects and high costs of a hypobaric chamber and is a world-first in automation and reporting capabilities which are not possible with the hypobaric systems. Hypobaric chambers simulate altitude by reducing the pressure of the air inside the chamber, but because of this pressure drop, they have a number of intrinsic risks and adverse effects including decompression illness and barotraumas.
Finally research concludes that:
"physiologic, cognitive and subjective effects of hypoxia produced by breathing a reduced oxygen concentration at sea level do not differ significantly from those produced by exposure to low-pressure in an altitude chamber". *
* Analysis of USAF hypoxia incidents January 1976 through March 1990. Island RT, Fraley EV. In: 31st Annual SAFE Symposium; 1993; Cresswell OR.: SAFE Association; 1993. p. 100-106.
4. GO2Altitude® eliminates the risks associated with Gas Bottle set up. Laboratory setups, using gas bottles as the source for normobaric hypoxic air, have been used for scientific experiments and limited hypoxia training. These systems are awkward to setup, carry a higher level of risk and provide limited educational value for thorough training. GO2Altitude® uses a compact, on-site, combined hypoxic and hyperoxic air generator. As there is no need to supply bulky gas bottles and the only equipment running cost is electricity.
GO2Altitude® 21st Century Hypoxia Education System
clearly leads the field by being the only practical, cost-effective, personal and safe way that aviators could experience the effects of hypoxia for themselves.
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