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August 24/31, 2011

Medical Kits for In-flight Medical Emergencies

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Author Affiliation: University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia (alienist@ihug.com.au).

JAMA. 2011;306(8):827-828. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1187

To the Editor: Drs Mattison and Zeidel discussed the inadequacies of the medical kits available for in-flight medical emergencies and noted the need for an evidence base on which to plan the contents of such a kit.1 The authors recommended adoption of a standardized recording system for all in-flight medical emergencies. This may be redundant because each airline's medical department keeps a record of emergencies and their outcome. If an emergency can be stabilized sufficiently to allow the flight to proceed without diversion, it saves the airline money, and for this reason if no other, there is a strong motivation to provide a truly useful kit.

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