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Nonelective Care On Board an Aircraft 

Nonelective Care On Board an Aircraft
Nonelective Care On Board an Aircraft

Christopher Connor

and Ben O’Brien

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date: 21 January 2021

The International Air Transport Association recognizes that “the airline is responsible for carrying its passengers safely and efficiently to the destination,” yet “the airline has no real means of ensuring that all passengers are fit to begin their journey.”1 There exists an extensive body of work, including textbooks and guidelines,2–4 to support prehospital in-flight care. These references deal with the challenges of emergent and elective aeromedical transport and repatriation, as would be confronted by a flight physician or flight nurse. This chapter, on the other hand, aims to support the anesthesia practitioner with a clinic or hospital-based practice, highlighting important factors to consider should he or she be called on to provide medical care and advice incidentally while on an aircraft as a passenger.

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