Medical Emergencies at 30,000ft

Written by Ben Chandler.

emergencies-in-flightSettling in for a flight is never the same once you've taken the Hippocratic Oath. In the back of your mind is always the fear of hearing the dreaded message asking if there is a doctor on board.

But how likely is it that you'll need to perform an in-flight trachestomy with only a coat hanger? And what assistance can you expect at 30,000ft? JuniorDr's Ben Chandler finds out.

Cramped in a cabin with up to 850 other anxious passengers isn't the best place to practice medicine. Add in the effects of engine noise, cabin pressure and a limited supply of unfamiliar equipment and it can become your worst nightmare.

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