How Doctors Think About In-Flight Medical Emergencies

From WBUR:

In-flight emergencies occur about 44,000 times a year worldwide, according to a 2013 study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Christian Martin-Gill, the study’s lead author and assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, said that health care providers could expect to be called on during an emergency on board a flight at some point during their career.

And in the majority of situations, they do, said Martin-Gill, who also staffs one of two call centers in the U.S. where doctors help direct care during flights. Physicians assisted in about half of in-flight emergencies, he says, and nurses or other providers in about a quarter.

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