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Flying high unpressurized

from Plane & Pilot

According to author John Levinson, MD, PhD: Climbing through 16,000 for 23,000 feet, it dawned on me that I was feeling weird. It wasn't sudden or severe, but once it had my attention, hypoxemia was my first thought. Hypo is low or below. A hypodermic needle goes below the dermis, the skin. Ox is oxygen, of course, and emia refers to blood. Hypoxemia means low oxygen in the blood, and it's an efficient killer. more


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