The European Society of Aerospace Medicine was founded in 2006 as an umbrella organisation in the field of Aerospace Medicine. As a pan-European, independent forum, it works to promote the safety and health of all persons involved in aviation and space operations , and to coordinate European aerospace medical interests across all national and organisational boundaries.
We aim to assist the various responsible bodies in the development and harmonisation of educational activities in aerospace medicine throughout Europe, and to develop continuous information flows and dialogue between the National Aeromedical Associations, and encourage the exchange of scientific results and experience. We strive to reach a consensus which can then contribute to the scientific evidence base which should be the foundation of aeromedical decision making.
Any medication can cause side effects, some of which may impair the flying performance of pilots.
Equally, symptoms of colds, sore throats, abdominal upsets, or painful ailments may distract pilots and degrade their performance whilst on duty. The symptoms may be compounded by the side effects of the medication prescribed or bought over the counter and this combination may be degrading a pilot’s performance and lead to incapacitation.
All lists of aeromedical ‘approved’ drugs will be inevitably incomplete and out of date at the day they are published. Therefore, this leaflet describes some basic principles that may enable pilots and their treating doctors to assist each other in preventing the use of medication that may degrade flying performance and impact flight safety.
Dear ESAM Members,
We would like to inform you that the 65th International Congress of Aviation and Space Medicine, Rome, 10-14 September 2017 is now open for registration on the website http://www.icasm2017.it/home.asp.
We would like to point out that this year the Italian Association of Aerospace Medicine and the National Association of Assistants and Controllers of Air Navigation announce the VII edition of the scientific prize “I Guidoniani”.
European Pilot Peer Support Initiative – EPPSI invites you to discuss Peer Support Programmes
02 Feb. 2017, 10:00-16:30
Frankfurt Airport: MAC - Main Airport Center (Unterschweinstiege 10, 60549 Frankfurt)
(6th floor @ VC. Free transport: Steigenberger shuttle bus from Airport Terminal 1 & 2 / ICE Train Station to MAC – 5 min. ride)
Ries Simons, MD – 10 January 2017
Recently, the results of a study by Wu et al. (2016) have been prominently published in the media (e.g. Independent, 2016; Telegraph, 2016). The study found that about 200 of the approximately 1,800 pilots who completed an anonymous online survey in 2015 had depressive symptoms. Seventy-ﬁve of them reported having (had) thoughts associated with some form of suicidal ideation.
We work together across Europe to promote the health, performance and safety of people who fly through the use of evidence science and consensus.
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