Outcomes of Medical Emergencies on Commercial Airline Flights – NEJM

The May 30th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine features an article that addresses the common in-flight medical emergencies encountered and their outcomes [1]. Additionally it covers the liability and expectations of providing help.

The summary

Most in-flight medical emergencies were related to syncope, respiratory symptoms, or gastrointestinal symptoms, and a physician was frequently the responding medical volunteer. Few in-flight medical emergencies resulted in diversion of aircraft or death; one fourth of passengers who had an in-flight medical emergency underwent additional evaluation in a hospital.