apollo 13

Apollo 13 (1995)


Concept featured in film: Respiratory System

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Summary of clip: The scene opens with the flight doctor detailing the dangers of high levels of carbon dioxide due to damaged carbon dioxide filters. Doctor: "They are already up to 8 on the gauges. Anything over 15 you get impaired judgment, blackouts, and the beginnings of brain asphyxiation. Those carbon dioxide levels will be getting toxic."

Connection of flickclip to the concept: This clip to introduce the concept of respiratory acidosis, and all its causes and complications.

Suggestions to Teachers:

1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. How is carbon dioxide generated in the body?

b. Describe the procedure in which carbon dioxide diffuses from muscle tissue into the blood and from the blood into the lungs.

c. What is the normal partial pressure of carbon dioxide found in the blood? Oxygen?

d. What are some symptoms that can be seen when the levels of carbon dioxide approach toxic levels?