April 5, 2013

DEALING WITH MEDICAL EMERGENCIES AT 40,000 FEET. “Over the past seven years, I have responded to five in-flight medical events, three of which were true emergencies. It’s estimated that a medical event of some sort occurs once for every 10,000 to 40,000 passengers on intercontinental flights. Information about these incidents is limited by underreporting, variable data quality, and the inability to determine what happens to patient-passengers when they leave the plane. In the United States, an airline is only required to report an incident to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) when a passenger dies or if the plane is diverted due to a death or medical emergency.”

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