Human Factors Analysis of Postaccident Data: Applying Theoretical Taxonomies of Human Error

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  • Shappell S
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To investigate the efficacy of Dexedrine@ for maintaining the perfonnance of slecp deprived female aviators. 6 female UH-60 pilots were exposed to 2 40-hr sleep deprivation periods during which they altcrnately recived Dexedrine (3 10-mg doses) or placebo. Dexedrine improved 6 of 9 flight simulutor maneuvers und enhanced general levels of alertness as measured by EEG and Profile of Mood States assessments. The results from a cognitive test were negligible and incunsistent. probably because of the short test duration. Overall, it appeared that Dexedrine effectively sustained the performance, alertness. and mood of female UH-60 pilots despite short-term sleep loss. There were no problematic side effects.

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  • Douglas A. Weigmann

  • Scott A. Shappell

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