Author: Guo HZ//Zhang SX//Jing BS//Zhang LM
Institute of Aviation Medicine, Air Force, People's Liberation Army of
Conference/Journal: Aviat Space Environ Med
Date published: 1988
Other: Volume ID: 59 , Issue ID: 10 , Pages: 968-72 , Special Notes: ENGLISH , Word Count: 167
Inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine and Qigong, we designed a new
anti-G maneuver, the Q-G Maneuver, which has proved promising. This maneuver consists of volition mobilization, stepwise tensing of leg and abdominal muscles, and maintenance of a shallow thoracic respiration throughout. It was tested on 24 pilots on the ground and 3 pilots on a centrifuge. All pilots were monitored with heart level blood pressure, oximetry, ear lobe pulse, CO2 concentration in exhaled gas, EEG and ECG; in centrifuge runs, peripheral vision was also monitored. Blood pressure was maintained at 180-240 mm Hg for more than 30 s without fatigue. On the centrifuge, the pilots tolerated a G load 2.25-3.0 G higher than without the maneuver, without any visual disturbance. Oximetry reading were 96-97%, and there was no evidence of hyperventilation. The ear lobe pulse was even enhanced during G load with the maneuver. Follow-up visits to 18 out of 24 pilots with 455 inflight applications of the maneuver showed that the maneuver is feasible and can be used effectively during high-G load.