10 things doctors should know about in-flight medical emergencies

“Is there a doctor onboard?”

If it hasn’t happened already, there’s a reasonable chance that one day you’ll be on a flight with a medical emergency and you’ll have to make the call whether or not to act.

An article in The New England Journal of Medicine offers these helpful hints:

  1. First aid kits on planes are basic and they rarely include paediatric or obstetric supplies.
  2. Cardiac arrest leads to 86% of in-flight deaths, but accounts for only 0.3% of in-flight medical emergencies. Commercial planes are required to carry