Suggested Response Provided for In-Flight Medical Emergencies

Share this content:
Suggested Response Provided for In-Flight Medical Emergencies
Suggested Response Provided for In-Flight Medical Emergencies

FRIDAY, Sept. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a review article published online Sept. 3 in the New England Journal of Medicine, guidance is offered for physicians providing emergency in-flight medical care.

Jose V. Nable, M.D., from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and colleagues discuss the frequency of in-flight medical emergencies and the potential liabilities surrounding the provision of in-flight medical care.

The authors note that a physician who provides assistance in an in-flight medical emergency creates a doctor-patient relationship, with its associated obligations and liability risk. Liability is usually determined under the laws of the country in which the aircraft is registered. The provider should document care rendered and treatment provided after the event, while being mindful of patient's privacy rights. A suggested approach to handling in-flight emergencies should include asking for permission to treat, if feasible; using an interpreter if necessary, while considering patient privacy; taking a patient history, performing focused physical examination, and obtaining vital signs; administering treatment, with the patient remaining seated while possible; and communication and coordination with ground-based medical resources. The physician should continue to administer care until the condition is stabilized or care is transferred.

"Physicians should be prepared to render care while traveling; physicians must also be aware of the medically austere environment, its related limitations on prudent practice, and the associated liabilities surrounding the delivery of in-flight medical care," the authors write.

One author disclosed financial ties to Allianz Global Assistance.

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

Trending Activities

All Professions



Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


More in Home

Dupilumab Reduces Rate of Severe Asthma Exacerbations

Dupilumab Reduces Rate of Severe Asthma Exacerbations

And, add-on dupilumab reduces glucocorticoid dose in patients with glucocorticoid-treated asthma

Better Social Support Network Protects Black Men Against HIV

Better Social Support Network Protects Black Men Against ...

Social networks of black men who have sex with men influence HIV risk behavior

Recommendations Developed for Managing Postpartum Pain

Recommendations Developed for Managing Postpartum Pain

Impact of medications on mother-infant dyad should be considered, as many women breastfeed

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »