mercredi 25 mai 2011

Airlines do not track in-flight medical episodes

This is interesting: Since airline companies have become huge corporate moguls, that have integrated a lot of fields of expertise to satisfy their customers onboard, but one thing that's missing is medical assistance. Today, airline companies still rely on the presence of doctors on the plane to provide medical care to sick persons.

Medaire is a medical advisor for airlines. the company managed 19,000 flights in 2010, out of which 442 had a sick person onboard that required diverting the plane. Also, 94 people died onboard.

It should be mentioned that airlines are not required to track in-flight medical episodes, nor to report them.

Source: NYT

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