Accession Number : AD0738562

Title :   Response of Human Subjects to Reduced Levels of Water Consumption under Simulated Civil Defense Shelter Conditions.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Sep 65-Aug 71,

Corporate Author : KANSAS STATE UNIV MANHATTAN INST FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH

Personal Author(s) : Gorton,Robert L. ; Rueck,J. M. ; McNall,P. E. , Jr. ; Finkelstein,B. ; Besch,E. L.

Report Date : JAN 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 97

Abstract : Seven tests, employing 16 subjects each, were run under carefully controlled environmental conditions similar to expected conditions in civil defense shelters. The purpose of the tests was to determine response of humans to limited water rations under such conditions. A computational method was developed for determination of body water pool loss. Nutritional, physiological and psychological testing was conducted to measure subject response to the various water rations. Results including subject weight losses and water budgets are presented. Results were analyzed and a correlation equation for water pool loss was developed. It was determined by extrapolation of these results that a water ration of 1 3/4 quarts per person per day for 14 days should prevent severe dehydration of subjects under the conditions of these tests.

Descriptors :   (*WATER PRIVATION, CIVIL DEFENSE), STRESS(PHYSIOLOGY), NUTRITION, PHYSIOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGY, BODY WEIGHT, DEHYDRATION, EXPERIMENTAL DATA

Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology
      Civil Defense

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE