April 4, 2013

Medical Emergencies at 40,000 Feet

By Logan Lafferty

Over the past seven years, In addition to the goodwill of travelling physicians, all the major carriers in the U.S. have, for at least the past decade, also relied on ground-based physicians and nurses with experience in emergency care and additional training in aviation medicine. Based at centers including MedAire in Phoenix, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's STAT-MD program, the Mayo Clinic Aerospace Medicine program, and sometimes an airline's internal medical department, these experts work with the flight crew and volunteer health care providers on board over radio or satellite telephone to assess and stabilize sick passengers, to guide the decision whether to divert the airplane, and to organize the medical response on the ground.


The Atlantic by Celine Gounder

Tags: Aerospace Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic, aviation medicine, MedAire, medical emergency, Patient Care, sick passenger, The Atlantic

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