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Emergency medicine and the airline passengerProblems related to immediate medical care in case of in-flight emergencies are discussed with reference to such critical types of medical emergencies as obstructed airway, cardiac dysfunction, trauma, hemorrhage, hypoxia, and pain. It is shown that training flight attendants to deal with in-flight medical emergencies and to use first-aid support equipment and essential and useful drugs may later help with stabilization of a victim and allow continuing the flight to the scheduled destination without the need for a diverted landing. Among the steps suggested in order to upgrade inflight welfare and safety of passengers are the development of an advisory circular by the FAA covering standardized training for flight attendants, regulatory action requiring upgrading of the present rudimentary first-aid kit, and the enactment of Good Samaritan legislation by the U.S. Government.
Document ID
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Mohler, S. R. (Wright State University Dayton, Ohio, United States)
Nicogossian, A. (NASA Life Sciences Div. Washington, D.C., United States)
Margulies, R. A. (U.S. Navy, Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory, Groton Conn., United States)
Date Acquired
August 10, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1980
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