In-flight medical emergencies occur in around 50 flights a day in the USA alone, a statistic that has inspired the development of a new mobile app that helps guide doctors through the process of tending to stricken passengers on aircraft.
Even if the question "Is there a doctor on board??" draws an affirmative response, it doesn't necessarily mean that the individual is completely confident and capable of intervening in a specific emergency situation. After all, your typical urologist or opthalmologist may not have extensive experience responding to a seizure or cardiac arrest.
Enter 'airRx'. This app offers handy guides and checklists covering the 23 most common medical emergencies, as well as lists of medications and equipment commonly available on board most commercial aircraft. Doctors can even consult the app for information on the medico-legal implications of treating passengers, so that their well-intended interventions don't land them in trouble later.
If doctors are to bear an ethical and professional duty to intervene in in-flight medical emergencies that they might not be trained for, they need to be suitably empowered and supported. AirRx makes for a reliable, inexpensive ($4.99) and easy-to-use tool that doctors can turn to for guidance and support in the midst of potential life-and-death emergencies 30,000 feet above sea level.
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