The Effects Of Pressurized Cabins On The Human Body

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Burns 2 experiencing the effects of hypoxia. Pressurized cabins are mostly used in commercial flights in order to keep the passengers safe. The reason why oxygen is less abundant at a higher altitude is because the higher someone goes there more spaced out the oxygen molecules are. Dalton’s Law states “The human body is affected by the pressure of gases available, meaning as someone is acceding the percent of oxygen remains constant but there are fewer molecules the higher someone is” (Reinhart). Since there are fewer molecules the body becomes starved of oxygen and then the effects of hypoxia begin to develop and the first symptoms will begin to develop. This is where machines will come in to help the human body survive. However, the human body is great at adapting to environments below 10,000 feet. It can handle the oxygen differences well enough on a nonsmoking person and during the day to not need a machine to avoid hypoxia. However above 10,000 feet the human body reaches a point where it can no longer adapt to the lack of oxygen. When hypoxia begins to take over the brain, it is an urgent matter. If someone is suffering from hypoxia it is important to notice the symptoms rather quickly, especially if they are navigating the aircraft. Some of the first warning signs that can be seen are confusion, slurred speech, headache, lightheaded sensation, dizziness and incomplete sentences. An air traffic controller would have to pay attention to these signs if they suspect

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