My husband and I were relaxing and about midway on our 4.5 hour flight from Detroit (DTW) to Las Vegas (LAS) when I was awoken to the overhead lights being turned on and the announcement of "Is there a doctor on board" over the intercom. As my mind was still waking up and trying to process what was going on my spouse next to me was nudging my shoulder telling me I needed to go help (since I am an internal medicine physician). At first I hesitated thinking to myself surely there must be another physician on board that is closer to the woman lying on the ground and more experienced than I am but then no one jumped up from their seat so another overhead announcement was called asking for ANY medical personnel on board for assistance. At this point I rushed over the the woman at the front of the plane trying to navigate around the small crowd that was starting to form in the aisles trying to get a glimpse of what was going on. When I arrived to the woman she was conscious and able to tell me that she had gotten really lightheaded when she went to stand up to go to the bathroom and just collapsed to the ground. I asked the flight attendant what medical equipment was available on board and she told me that they had a basic first aid kit, some basic drugs such as aspirin and nitroglycerin, an AED, and portable oxygen. I was able to check her blood pressure which was normal and she ended up doing just fine after this but the whole experience started to have me question exactly what the standard policies and procedures were for medical emergencies in flight and what equipment and supplies aircrafts carried.
|Standard airline emergency medical kit (EMK)|
|Taken from www.airlineratings.com/news/543/medical-emergency-aloft-what-you-need-to-know-|