Health effects from exposure to contaminated air may vary from short term effects to long lasting chronic effects.
Doctors can refer to the Health Care Providers Guide below and may rely on traditional diagnoses such as Reactive Airways Disease, migraine headaches, or toxic encephalopathy. Alternatively, doctors may simply list symptoms such as deficits in attention, memory, and information processing, or difficulties with balance, for example. Finally some doctors may diagnose a crewmember with "inhalation injury" or "neurological injury from chemical exposure at work."
Some have proposed the term "Aerotoxic Syndrome" to describe the symptoms that affected crewmembers and passengers report after exposure, although this is not yet a universally accepted term.
WHAT CAN BE DONE IF YOU SUSPECT EXPOSURE TO CONTAMINATED AIR AND ADVERSE EFFECTS OR YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT...
1. HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS GUIDE
Obtain a copy of the FAA funded Health Care providers Guide, by clicking the following links, both quick-reference Health Care Providers' Guide
and Full version
Ensure you take these to all medical appointments.
2. TCP BLOOD TEST - BLOOD STORED LOCALLY:
As the University of Washington is not accepting further blood samples you may choose to get your blood stored locally in your country until the test is fully developed.
Complete instructions on how to do this are posted here.
April 2015 - To donate funding to the University of Washington research please contact the GCAQE.
Keep a calendar with a record of any symptoms, sick days, medical visits, or other important information including the aircraft registration, flight number, date and time, and keep records of documentation.
9. OTHER DATA
Also bring your doctor a copy of the Safety Data Sheet
for the product you were likely exposed to, the incident report that you filed with your airline, and your symptom calendar.