6 tips on what to do in a mid-air medical emergency

New guide aims to improve the odds of a successful intervention

“If there is a doctor on board, please make yourself known to the cabin crew immediately.”


Most doctors are never called upon to deal with a mid-air medical emergency, while others seem to hear the words every time they step on a plane.

But hearing the call at 36,000 feet is demanding and stressful for any doctor, no matter their skills or experience.

Doctors who respond are quickly thrust into a noisy, unfamiliar environment, with a patient they have likely never seen before and equipment they have never used before.

Advice from the ground can be