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Desensitizing a pilot with a phobic response to required helicopter underwater escape training.
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PMID:  17571665     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: A systematic desensitization program designed to help aircrew who have a phobic anxiety of the Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) has been developed. CASE PRESENTATION: A student pilot presented with a severe phobic anxiety of the HUET course--a result of a being trapped underwater on a marine survival training course. A treatment team was assembled and concluded his phobia could be treated by a systematic desensitization method. An exposure matrix of graded difficulty of in/underwater escapes was performed over 2 d. The student reported that his confidence increased and anxiety reduced as he became accustomed to being strapped into a seat in the escape trainer while wearing increasingly difficult levels of equipment which increased the difficulty of escape, such as taking away nasal protection and goggles. At the end of Day 1, he was able to jettison the exit door/hatch while inverted underwater with a facemask and dressed in a simple coverall. At the end of Day 2, without nasal protection, inverted underwater, wearing full military equipment, he was able to cross the cabin, jettison the exit door, and successfully escape. DISCUSSION: A systematic desensitization treatment program can be used to successfully treat aircrew for phobia of the helicopter underwater escape trainer.
Christopher J Brooks; Peter N Gibbs; Jacqueline L Jenkins; Scott McLeod
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Aviation, space, and environmental medicine     Volume:  78     ISSN:  0095-6562     ISO Abbreviation:  Aviat Space Environ Med     Publication Date:  2007 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-06-18     Completed Date:  2007-07-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7501714     Medline TA:  Aviat Space Environ Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  618-23     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Survival Systems Ltd., 40 Mount Hope Ave., Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y 4K9.
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MeSH Terms
Aerospace Medicine
Aviation / education
Desensitization, Psychologic / methods*
Disaster Planning
Military Personnel
Naval Medicine
Near Drowning / psychology*
Phobic Disorders / psychology,  therapy*

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