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  • #61

    An interesting article about this dynamic in Bloomberg:

    Is There a Doctor Aboard? Airlines Often Hope Not – Bloomberg
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    Makes sense. Interesting how they view you, as an educated info gatherer.


    • #62
      if that's all they need, perhaps the appropriate question is whether a nurse is on board?

      this is not meant to disparage the profession, only to align goals with professional responsibilities.

      I'm not clear on how exactly good Samaritan laws work in the air and what liabilities they include, and whether they could be changed/updated

      I'm not going to really care what some physician? on the ground says if I'm volunteering to help someone in the air.




      • #63
        Helped on a international United flight about a month ago, United compensation is pretty low but I'll gladly take the 15,000 miles for pretty minimal work.  Plus I would feel bad not helping at this point in my young career.

        Interestingly, the situation I was in was very clear, we needed to land (guy had a stroke), but the flight crew still needed to "confirm" with their crew on the ground to make sure my call was OK.  I was a little peeved that some schmuck on the ground could overrule my call but they immediately confirmed so that was that.  I bet its super awkward when the ground crew disagrees.


        • #64
          I have, there was a lady sitting right next me, I was in the window seated and she was in aisle...the air hostess was giving me my can of soda....she suddenly looked to her right and boom, the can of soda made contact with her right eye and she screamed...her husband who will sitting on the other side across the aisle freaked out.

          I did a mini eye exam - as best of an exam as an anesthesiologist can do, minus the opthalmoscopic exam...the eye was red and swollen, no visual impairment.

          she was fine...I think it was just reassurance that helped her...

          united gave me 10, 000 points as a thank you 6 weeks later


          • #65
            I'm a pathologist, so if I get involved...its probably a little too late.



            • #66
              There’s an app for that. airRx


              • #67
                Was on a 14 hour flight over the pacific when the announcement came.  I waited and then they repeated it.  I have not touched a stethoscope in over 2 decades.  I went to the back and two other people were there with a flight attendant.  The passenger had passed out but was now awake.  One of the people was talking about opening the defibrillator and the other was being asked if we should land somewhere.  Nobody had taken a BP so I did and it was low.  We hydrated him and he started looking better.  The flight attendant thanked me and offered to give me some miles.  The other two then asked for some too (they were talking to each other the entire time).  The passenger asked us all what kind of doctors we were.  One was a dean of a medical school but a former cardiologist, the other a pulmonologist.  I told him what I did and I was hoping the other two felt at least a little ashamed for letting me take care of the guy and then asking for miles for doing nothing.


                • #68
                  Well it finally happened. They called. Someone in first class had an apparent syncopal episode, quick recovery, no hx. Didnt eat, drink much and had been sitting a long time.

                  Doing well now and drinking. Luckily we land in 20 mins, no pressure there. She was a bit confused when she woke up, but seemed to be warming to her new cup size.


                  • #69
                    The rest of us appreciate what you all have done. I was on a plane out of Dulles that just pushed back when the guy behind me had an episode those of us nearby assumed was a heart attack. No help on the plane. (Well, a dentist showed up b7t admitted he could not help.) Airline would not let us off. EMTs took 20 minutes to get on board (had to bring up stairs because, well, not at the gate.) Finally carted the poor guy off. Never heard what happened to him, but I do know we sat on the plane another hour until they could get his luggage off!