What Aviation Medicine Is

    What Aviation Medicine Is

    How Aviation and Medicine Can Help You

    00221474 a8065b60f13c2760e63c77bd5bb3412a arc614x376 w285 us1“Aviation Medicine is a medical specialty which combines aspects of preventive, occupational, environmental and clinical medicine with the physiology and psychology of man in flight. It is concerned with the health and safety of those who fly, both crew and passengers, as well as the selection and performance of those who hold aviation licenses.


    Aviation can contribute to the rapid dissemination of communicable diseases – almost any city can be reached within 24 hours.   Passenger numbers are significantly reduced by public health emergencies, reducing income to national economies well as to airline and supporting companies. Aviation Medicine contributes to the mitigation and management of such health risks and other public health events, such as radio nuclear and chemical accidents.


    The Aviation Medicine Section works in close collaboration with UN agencies like the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as international non-governmental organizations such as International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airport Council International (ACI) It also cooperates and consults with the Chief Medical Officers of civil aviation authorities around the world and the Medical Directors of airline companies.”

    Originally seen published at http://www.icao.int/safety/aviation-medicine/pages/desc.aspx

    When a medical emergency occurs during a flight and there is no doctor and a nurse available to take care of the situation. Who will be the one who takes care of the medical emergency? If there is no doctor and a nurse on board during the medical emergency your best option is to have a medical support during your flight. These are the companies that are accredited globally to give emergency response during a flight emergency.


    Your cabin crew can have an access to an emergency doctor. So they can have instruction on what to do in a medical emergency. The doctor can give assistance to the cabin crew to make the patient stable until the aircraft landed and the ambulance can transfer the patient to the nearest medical facility.


    The emergency doctor that will assist the cabin crew are very familiar with the medicine and equipment present on the aircraft to assist more the cabin crew on what to do during an emergency flight situation.

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    “In-flight medical incidents during commercial air travel are common yet poorly understood and studied phenomena. The cramped quarters of an aircraft cabin environment and limited available resources make responding to such events fraught with challenging clinical decisions.


    Despite the expansion of commercial air travel over recent decades, there are currently no guidelines for managing ill passengers during commercial flights from the standpoint of volunteer medical professionals. The incidence of these cases is hard to estimate given the paucity of available data. While commercial airlines often collect information on medical events during flight, they do not do so in a standardized format, so it is difficult to compare data across regions.


    Equipment stocked in “emergency medical kits” is not mandated by any international aviation body, although the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have agreed upon standardized recommendations. Given the difficulties pertaining to epidemiological data described above, their contents are guided by anecdotal evidence and experts’ opinions.


    This paper discusses the unique characteristics of the flight environment, reviews the literature describing aviation medical incidents, and suggests an approach to managing these patients.”

    You can read the entire article by visiting http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3789915/

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    Aviation medicine refers to the prevention of possible illness of the cabin crew, pilots and frequent air travelers due to the constant flying. Study shows that constant flying has an effect on our body and brain. These are related to jet lags, dehydration and most especially constant exposure to pressurized air.


    Aviation medicines can help you address all the possible health conditions that can occur due to the long flights. They can help you with all the examination and lab test that you will need to prevent the risk of diseases due to the longer flying hours. Aviation medicine will also give you the certificate that you are still fit to fly for a long hour.


    “It’s a call to service that many doctors who fly frequently have heard at least once, and a tough one. It requires providing medical care in a contained space with little equipment or assistance while thousands of feet up in the air.


    A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine gives doctors instructions on how best to respond to in-flight scenarios of cardiac arrest, acute coronary symptoms, and strokes, as well as other, less serious conditions.


    “You don’t have the room to sometimes even put the patient in a supine position to examine them,” says William Brady, a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and senior author of the article. “If you did have a stethoscope, the ambient noise in the cabin is usually so loud that you can’t hear anything. You don’t have many medications and the people that are present to help you can range from none to several.”


    One 2013 study, also in the NEJM, estimates that one in every 600 flights involves a medical event, though some experts believe the numbers are higher. And while some doctors voice concerns about liability, experts note that federal law protects providers who respond to most emergencies on domestic flights and most international flights involving U.S. airlines or residents.”

    Article first seen published on WSJ at http://www.wsj.com/articles/when-you-need-a-doctor-on-your-flight-1442256719

    Focus on the health and well-being of the pilots, to make sure that they are in good condition to fly an aircraft. Pilots have a big responsibility not only to fly an aircraft, but to also bring the passengers to their destination safely. Pilots will undergo different kinds of medical exam to check for their overall health condition. They will also have medical exams with different physicians to have a medical certificate to prove that they are fit to fly an aircraft. Having the complete medical certificates we can be confident that our pilots are in healthy condition both mentally and physically to carry passengers to their destination.

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