Paramedic/Firefighter III Cabin John Park VFD Cabin John, Maryland
This presentation reviews the incidence of in-flight medical emergencies and discusses what the prehospital provider needs to know to manage an in-flight medical emergency adequately, including flight physiology, medical resources available, and procedures/protocols for patient management and aircraft diversion.
Discuss the nature and frequency of medical emergencies on commercial flights.
Describe the equipment and assistance that may be available to the EMT on a commercial airliner.
Discuss how being at altitude affects a patient’s physiological status.
Describe environmental conditions that may limit or affect the ability of the EMT to deliver care.
List several factors that affect the decision to divert a plane.