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Thursday, May 12, 2022

In-Flight Emergencies

EM Ottawa - By Steven Sanders, Sam Wilson, Josee Malette - May 12, 2022
To conclude, I leave you with a few general take-home points:
  • Given the growth of air travel, and the aging, generally more comorbid population, in-flight medical emergencies are becoming more common.
  • We are emergency experts. We’re experts in dealing with uncertainty. Experts in working with limited resources. Experts in chaos. These problems fall squarely in our wheelhouse, and we should be ready to deal with them. I hope this blog post helped you feel a little bit more prepared.
  • Trying to navigate the laws is too complicated – don’t worry about it too much. We have ethical and professional duty to help and know that we a well-protected in doing so.
  • This is an austere, uncomfortable environment. As you’ve read, the emergency medical kits are limited and vary by airline. Do what you can with what you have. Know your limitations and accept them.