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About 29th Session of Coordinating Advisory Aeromedical Council

      On November 16-20, 2009 the Interstate Aviation Committee hold IAC Coordinating Advisory Aeromedical Council (IAC CAAC) on "Issues of medical monitoring for aviation specialists and ways of its improvement"
      50 leaders of aeromedical services and specialists from 7 contracting states to the Agreement on Civil Aviation and Use of Airspace (Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Russian Federation, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Uzbekistan), as well as representatives of aeromedical institutions of civil aviation, nstitute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IMBP RAS), State Scientific Research Testing Institute of Military Medicine of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, medical department of Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, medical service of "Aeroflot — Russian Airlines", JSC, Vnukovo Airport, "Volga-Dnepr Airlines", Tupolev, JSC, Federal State Budgetary Institution «All-Russian Centre for Disaster Medicine «Zaschita» of Health Ministry of the Russian Federation, scientific production enterprises of Russiaand other interested industries took part in the Council's work.
      Accounting report on IAC CAAC activity for 1993-2009, issues of crews preflight examinstion were discussed, medical equipment objectively assessing pilots' health was presented, medical history draft of aviation personnel, sanitary and epidemiological issues of preventing the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H1N1), as well as issues of providing medical care to passengers in flight and on the ground were considered

      The following reports caused considerable interest and discussions:
- Health factor – condition for the success of civil aviation flight attendants and significance of preflight examination (T.V. Filipyeva, Ph.D., Aviation Psychologist, Russia);
- "Advisability of preflight examination in the context of Volga-Dnepr Airlines" (D. B. Tkhostova, chief physician of the Rehabilitation Clinic of Volga-Dnepr Airlines LLC, Ulyanovsk);
- Dynamic medical supervision of aviation specialists using the hardware and software complex "Amsat" (V.N Kovalenko, director of the medical and technical center "Covert", Moscow); 
- Experience with automated pre-shift medical examination among persons of hazardous professions and advisability of its approbation by aviation specialists of civil aviation (T.Y. Ryabova, MD, professor, head of the laboratory of the Scientific Technical Center of Radiation-Chemical Safety and Hygiene, Federal Medical Biological Agency of Russia, Moscow;
- Assessment of current fuctional state and physical working capacity of flight crew (V. M. Mikhailov, representative of "Neurosoft" enterprise, Ivanovo);
- International experience and innovative technologies in aviation telemedicine (K. A. Khudyakov, head of the direction for the development of aviation medicine in the CIS - International SOS - MedAire, Moscow);
- Expert tactics in the study of flight crew resistance to vestibular irritants (Y.A. Sokolov, Ph.D. 223 Aviation Medicine Center, Minsk) and a number of other reports.

      During CAAC work all members of aeromedical center, specialists and leaders of aeromedical services took part in anniversary conference of of the Department of Aviation and Space Medicine of the Russian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education of Roszdrav on: "Current issues of medical flight support" dedicated to the 100th anniversary of aviation medicine in Russia and the 70th anniversary of the department.

      CAAC took the following decisions:
1. Approve IAC CAAC activity on medical flight safety of the contracting states to the Agreement on Civil Aviation and Use of Airspce for 1993-2009;
2. Elect Sergey Nikolaevich Ivashov, head of the Department of Coordination and Development of Aeronautical Medicine of the IAC, as CAAC Chairman, co-chaired by Professor Valentin Dmitrievich Vlasov;
3. Сonsider preflight (pre-shift) and intercommission medical monitoring as an integral part of flight safety promotion, recognizing the the need of its improvement with application of automated testing methods;   
4. Recommend implementation of new modern functional diagnostic methods of cardiovascular studies with identification of metabolic equivalent and mathematical analyzis of heart rate variability into flight medical expertise of the concerned member-states of the Agreement; 
5. Continue activities on the assessment and need of implementing multifunctional test with cumulation of Coriolis effect proposed by the Candidate of Medicine Y.A. Sokolov (Republic of Belarus) into flight medical expertise of civil aviation. 
6. Approve the fraft medical history of the contracting states to the Agreement and submit the revised document taking into account the comments to the next aeromedical council for making a final decision; 
7. Recognise the preparation of the draft document on making unified on-board first-aid kits for emergency medical care taking into account the proposals of aeromedical service of the Republic of Uzbekistan and ICA recommendations;  
8. Approve "Pnevmopribor" Ltd on implementation of portable ventilator, recommend to prepare the necessary documentation to address the issue on possibility of installing the device on aircraft of the concerned States; 
9. Recommend amendments and additons to the "Guideliness on certification of conditions for medical activity in aviation of the Contracting States" taking into account modern conditions of aeromedical activity; 
10. Approve IAC CAAC actitity on upgrading medical flight-expert commission system and recommend to form the Working group on coordination of issues of medical flight-expert commission and aviation specialists rehabilitation from representatives of the member-states of the Agreement.  
11. Hold regular CAAC session on: "Air medical officer and his role in providing flight safety" in the Republic of Tajikistanin in May-June, 2010.