Medical emergencies in commercial air travel

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 1997 Feb;15(1):251-60. doi: 10.1016/s0733-8627(05)70294-7.


There are physiologic and logistic concerns involved in caring for patients with inflight emergencies. This article presents the physiologic changes that occur at altitude, the types of medical problems that can be encountered, and management strategies. An overview is also presented of the medical training of flight attendants and the medical equipment that is available on commercial aircraft.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aerospace Medicine*
  • Aircraft*
  • Altitude
  • Cause of Death
  • Emergencies
  • Health Personnel / education
  • Humans
  • Morbidity
  • Travel*