Does the thought of responding to an in-flight emergency ruin your air travel? Then tune in because on this episode, Angelica Zen, MD, Chief Resident of Internal Medicine at UCLA, recounts a harrowing tale of heroism at 30,000 feet and schools us on how to throw down in an in-flight emergency. We review what’s available in the standard medical kit, common conditions encountered, and the medical legal implications of responding to in-flight emergencies. This episode is a must listen before you next step on a plane.
Goal: Listeners will understand their role and potential liabilities during in-flight emergencies and effectively utilize available resources for triage, patient care, and decisions about diverting the plane.
By the end of this podcast listeners will:
Dr. Zen reports no relevant financial disclosures.
02:06 Start of Interview
03:02 Rapid Fire Questions
07:08 Dr. Zen tells her story
17:27 Monitoring your patient in-flight
18:05 Contents of the standard in-flight medical kit
20:10 What Dr. Zen would have done differently
21:05 How to use available resources in-flight
22:20 Medical legal implications
26:07 How to respond to common in-flight emergencies and how to respond
27:35 Syncope and presyncope
29:52 Hypoxia altitude simulation test (HAST)
31:15 Altered mental status
33:19 Stroke and acute coronary syndrome
34:51 Dr. Zen’s take home points
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