In-Flight Medical Emergencies

A Practical Guide to Preparedness and Response

  • Jose V. Nable
  • William Brady

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Jose V. Nable, William Brady
    Pages 1-8
  3. Geoffrey A. Ramin
    Pages 9-24
  4. Terrence Mulligan
    Pages 33-44
  5. François-Xavier Duchateau, Tobias Gauss, Matthew Beardmore, Laurent Verner
    Pages 45-51
  6. Kami M. Hu
    Pages 53-64
  7. Sara A. Hefton, Wan-Tsu W. Chang
    Pages 65-72
  8. Ryan Spangler
    Pages 73-82
  9. Kathleen Stephanos
    Pages 83-95
  10. Sarah K. Sommerkamp, Jason M. Franasiak, Sarah B. Dubbs, Priya Kuppusamy
    Pages 97-108
  11. Christina L. Tupe, Tu Carol Nguyen
    Pages 109-114
  12. Christina L. Tupe, B. Barrie Bostick
    Pages 115-122
  13. William Brady, Lauren B. Brady, Jose V. Nable
    Pages 123-140
  14. Sara F. Sutherland, Robert E. O’Connor
    Pages 141-149
  15. Christian Martin-Gill, Thomas J. Doyle
    Pages 151-166
  16. Laurent Verner, Matthew Beardmore, Tobias Gauss, François-Xavier Duchateau
    Pages 167-172
  17. Edward Meyers, Christin Child, Lisa Bowman, John Gilday
    Pages 173-179
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 181-186

About this book


This book is a practical guide for health care professionals encountering medical emergencies during commercial flight. Health care providers should consider responding to emergencies during flight as there are often no other qualified individuals on board. This text covers the most common emergencies encountered during flight, both general medical emergencies and those specifically tied to the effects of flying, including cardiac, respiratory, and neurological issues. Medicolegal issues are considered in-depth, for both United States domestic and international flights, as there is potential legal risk involved in giving medical assistance on a flight. Additional chapters are dedicated to pre-flight clearance and the role non-physician healthcare providers can play. In-Flight Medical Emergencies: A Practical Guide to Preparedness and Response is an essential resource for not only physicians but all healthcare professionals who travel regularly. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jose V. Nable
    • 1
  • William Brady
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Emergency MedicineMedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Georgetown UniversityWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.Department of Emergency MedicineUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-74233-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-74234-2
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