Nearly 8400 people have signed a petition calling on the university clinic to receive the so-called “Fume Event” session at the Institute for Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine. There, victims of heavy traffic in aircraft are treated.
University of Göttingen. The symptoms of the so-called aerotoxic syndrome: Patients feel drowsy and have flu-like symptoms such as headaches and nausea. Because of some serious health problems alone, in 2016, hundreds of affected crew members and passengers visited the research team around the Göttingen private lecturer Astrid Heutelbeck in the clinic.
CORROSIVE AND TOXIC FOR THE NERVE SYSTEM
Fume event “incidents can occur because” the cabin air in commercial aircraft is fed from the compressor areas of the engines. If the turbine is not absolutely clean, turbine oil, antifreeze, hydraulic oil and other toxic substances are included. Turbine oil, for example, contains substances which are toxic to the nervous system, hydraulic oil has a corrosive effect, especially on the eyes. The aviation industry, on the other hand, maintains that there is no conclusive evidence that the turbine oil contains sufficient quantities for long-term injurious health.
In Germany, a total of 663 incidents were reported to the Federal Office for Air Accident Investigation between 2006 and 2013, which were attributable to corresponding problems in the cabin air. Hein The petitioners, who have gathered on the platform change.org, are criticizing the fact that there has been an unexpected drop in staff since the middle of 2016 at the same time as rising patient numbers. At the moment, the “Fume Event” conference is held with only one doctor and her research assistant.
Since mid-December, care has been guaranteed exclusively for the patients who have been approved so far. Because the “Fume Event” conference is the only stop in all of Germany, no new victims could be cared for. In the case of non-treatment, the petition states that “loss of workability is a result of persistent to chronic damage to the central nervous system and a severe reduction in the function of the lungs.” The university hospital admits problems with the research center, but rejects the allegation of a person’s shortage: “At no time has there been a reduction in the clinical and medical area”, explains Klinikumssprecher Stefan Weller. “On the contrary, the Board of the University Hospital has responded to the urgent and growing need and has temporarily assigned administrative bodies to the institution.”
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