Author: Erik Verzemnieks, M.D.
- 1/600 flights has an on-board request for medical assistance.
- Most common complaints on board include: syncope, respiratory complaints, and GI complaints. Most of the time, these are exacerbations of underlying chronic conditions.
- Except for situations involving gross negligence, the Aviation Assistance Act protects providers from legal action as long as they are acting within their scope of practice.
- Flight crew are CPR and AED trained.
- The onboard medical kit includes: epinephrine, dextrose, nitroglycerin, NSAIDs, injectable antihistamine, antiemetic, steroids, beta-blocker, aspirin, stethoscope, BP cuff, airway tools, thermometer and more.
- There is ground-based medical control for consult and guidance.