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Comparison of inflight first aid performed by cabin crew members and medical volunteers.

Abstract Since the number of air travellers, including the elderly and passengers with an underlying disease, is increasing every year, the number of inflight emergency patients is expected to increase as well. We attempted to identify the incidence and types of reported inflight medical incidents and analyse the first aid performed by cabin crew members or medical volunteers in flights by an Asian airline. We also investigated the cases of inflight deaths and aircraft diversions.
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Authors

Mayor MeshTerms

Emergencies

Keywords

Aircraft

burn

cabin crew

first aid

medical incidents

medical volunteer

unconsciousness

Journal Title journal of travel medicine
Publication Year Start




PMID- 28395095
OWN - NLM
STAT- MEDLINE
DA  - 20170410
DCOM- 20170823
LR  - 20170823
IS  - 1708-8305 (Electronic)
IS  - 1195-1982 (Linking)
VI  - 24
IP  - 2
DP  - 2017 Mar 01
TI  - Comparison of inflight first aid performed by cabin crew members and medical
      volunteers.
LID - 10.1093/jtm/taw091 [doi]
AB  - Background: Since the number of air travellers, including the elderly and
      passengers with an underlying disease, is increasing every year, the number of
      inflight emergency patients is expected to increase as well. We attempted to
      identify the incidence and types of reported inflight medical incidents and
      analyse the first aid performed by cabin crew members or medical volunteers in
      flights by an Asian airline. We also investigated the cases of inflight deaths
      and aircraft diversions. Methods: We reviewed the cabin reports and medical
      records submitted by cabin crew members and inflight medical volunteers from 2009
      to 2013. Results: We found that inflight medical incidents increased annually,
      with a total of 2818 cases reported. Fifteen cases of inflight deaths and 15
      cases of aircraft diversions during this period were also reported. First aid was
      performed by the cabin crew alone in 52% of the cases and by medical volunteers
      in 47.8% of the cases. The most commonly reported causes for first aid performed 
      by the cabin crew and medical volunteers were burns and syncope, respectively.
      Conclusion: : Since burns were one of the common reasons that first aid was
      provided by the cabin crew, it may be necessary to include first aid treatments
      for burns in the annual re-qualification training programme. Furthermore, the
      assessment of unconsciousness and potentially critical respiratory symptoms is
      very important for cabin crew members because those conditions can lead to
      inflight deaths and aircraft diversion.
FAU - Kim, Jung Ha
AU  - Kim JH
AD  - College of Nursing, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
FAU - Choi-Kwon, Smi
AU  - Choi-Kwon S
AD  - College of Nursing, Research Institute of Nursing Science, Seoul National
      University, 28 Yeongeon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-460, Korea.
FAU - Park, Young Hwan
AU  - Park YH
AD  - Hanaro Medical Foundation, Seoul, Korea.
LA  - eng
PT  - Journal Article
PL  - England
TA  - J Travel Med
JT  - Journal of travel medicine
JID - 9434456
SB  - IM
MH  - Air Travel/*statistics & numerical data
MH  - Burns/therapy
MH  - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
MH  - *Emergencies
MH  - Emergency Medical Services/*statistics & numerical data
MH  - First Aid/*methods
MH  - Hospitalization/statistics & numerical data
MH  - Humans
MH  - Incidence
MH  - Republic of Korea
MH  - Retrospective Studies
MH  - Syncope/therapy
MH  - Volunteers/statistics & numerical data
MH  - Wounds and Injuries/therapy
OTO - NOTNLM
OT  - Aircraft
OT  - burn
OT  - cabin crew
OT  - first aid
OT  - medical incidents
OT  - medical volunteer
OT  - unconsciousness
EDAT- 2017/04/11 06:00
MHDA- 2017/08/24 06:00
CRDT- 2017/04/11 06:00
PHST- 2016/11/28 [accepted]
AID - 2930766 [pii]
AID - 10.1093/jtm/taw091 [doi]
PST - ppublish
SO  - J Travel Med. 2017 Mar 1;24(2). doi: 10.1093/jtm/taw091.