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August 24/31, 2011

Medical Kits for In-flight Medical Emergencies—Reply

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts (mmattiso@bidmc.harvard.edu).

JAMA. 2011;306(8):827-828. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1188

In Reply: We disagree with the notion that a standard recording system for in-flight medical emergencies would be redundant. There is currently no standardized recording or review of in-flight medical emergencies. A recording of each incident in a standardized format in a national (or international) database would be a significant improvement from the current system in which there is neither mandatory reporting nor sharing of information. With a central database of incidents recorded and described in a standard format, it will be possible to learn from the aggregate of these episodes.