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Preventing In-Flight Emergencies

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study conducted by Chris Martin-Gill, M.D., analyzing in-flight medical emergencies. Dr. Martin-Gill looked at 12,000 cases handled by Pittsburgh Medical Center, which advises 20 major airlines during in-flight medical emergencies. Dr. Martin-Gill and his team of researchers found that medical personnel were on board and willing to assist in almost every situation, Dr. Martin-Gill included. Only 7 percent of planes had to be diverted, and only 36 cases resulted in death. The most common types of medical emergencies include dizziness, nausea and vomiting. Dr. Martin-Gill is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.