Accession Number : ADA303183

Title :   Urination in Aviation: Evaluation of Urine Collection Equipment for Female Aviators.

Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 23 Jan-1 Aug 95,

Corporate Author : ARMSTRONG LAB BROOKS AFB TX

Personal Author(s) : Mitcha, Jennifer L. ; Cornum, Kory G. ; Cornum, Rhonda L.

PDF Url : ADA303183

Report Date : 28 AUG 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : Regulatory restriction of female military pilots from fighter aircraft was lifted in 1993; application of lifting the ban is impeded by cockpit and personal gear design that accommodates only males. Most notable and urgent of these limitations is lack of a urine collection device which is compatible with female anatomy. Commercially available urinary 'funnels,' designed for medical, sport, and civilian aviation applications were evaluated for possible use in extended flight operations in the A-1O, F-15, and F-16 cockpits, as well as the centrifuge. Two commercially available urinary funnels, adapted to the already fielded 'Piddle Pack' using a short piece of flexible tubing, were found suitable. These devices, in conjunction with a two inch midline zipper extension to the flight suit, enable female fighter pilots to void comfortably and completely, without leaking, within the confines of the cockpits tested.

Descriptors :   *MEDICAL SERVICES, *MEDICAL RESEARCH, *FEMALES, *URINE, *MEDICAL EXAMINATION, *URINARY SYSTEM, FIGHTER AIRCRAFT, MILITARY PERSONNEL, COCKPITS, PILOTS, AERONAUTICS, FLIGHT, MILITARY MEDICINE, MALES, ANATOMY, COLLECTION, FLEXIBLE STRUCTURES, TUBES, FLIGHT CLOTHING, ZIPPERS.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE