"Fume Events" + Contaminated Cabin Air in Aircraft?
Meanwhile, even the industry and aircraft manufacturers are no longer arguing that fume events happen. Unlike before. Now the only question remains how harmful to health they are and the consequences.
At the „German Society of Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine (DGP)“ conference in Dresden this month, there was also a presentation about Fume Events (FE):
Prof. Dr. Dieter SCHOLZ of the „HAW“/ Hamburg explained (again), why regular occurrences contaminating the air in aircraft happen: its the „labyrinth“ seals which are supposed to prevent fugitive emissions from engine oil to escape from the "fans" by counter air flow. But that does not always work and when a problem occurs, the smallest contamination can be an emergency. His presentation can be viewed here: http://cabinair.profscholz.de
Dr. Astrid HEUTELBECK from Göttingen University, who deals with around 400 FE victims and evaluates biomonitoring data made it very clear that the procedure implemented by the Berufsgenossenschaft Verkehr (BG) for the subsequent diagnosis of those affected in FE "does not correspond to what one should do." Since in the mean time one knows a lot more about what is to be done.
But BG is obviously not interested and this is probably why they try to outsmart the Göttingen "Fume Event" consultations; by not paying the costs for patients there anymore.
Pathologist Dr. Frank van de GOOT of the „Center for Forensic Pathology“ (CFP) in GK-Baarn (The Netherlands) found out three things after his autopsy of four deceased people who had all been affected by fume events:
- all had a damaged peripheral nervous system (see picture),
- pathologists do not regularly examine damage to the nervous system, which is why this problem has not been considered and 3) that's why we urgently need "more evidence".
His suggestion, because one can hardly conduct such investigations on the living, is: in case of a death, please call him at: +31 6 55720774. Frank van de GOOT also speaks German.