MEBAA Convention News

Bizav Operators Should Prepare for In-flight Medical Emergencies

 - December 11, 2012, 2:58 PM

Medical kits are not only a good idea but they are often required equipment to be carried aboard aircraft. MedAire’s new Advanced Aviation Medical Kit meets regulatory mandates while saving space and providing solutions for many critical and common medical events.

The kit includes an annual refurbishment to ensure that everything inside is up-to-date and stocked. After receiving the kit for reconditioning, MedAire reviews the kit’s contents and condition, adds any new items needed, updates content cards and tags and replaces used, missing or damaged supplies and components, including any that will expire within the next 12 months.

Contents of the kit, which is designed to enable first responders to stabilize and begin treatment of patients, include assessment, survival, medicine, dental and respiratory items. MedAire will begin making the Advanced Aviation Medical Kit available in early 2013, but MEBA attendees can get a preview of the kit at MedAire’s stand (number 112).

MedAire also recommends that operators carry an automated external defibrillator (AED) in case a passenger suffers a cardiac arrest. MedAire offers the Philips FRx AED, which weighs just 1.58 kilograms and includes an extra battery pack, a prep kit, a data-tracking card and a pediatric key for proper application on child patients. MedAire also offers AED training.

While at the MedAire stand, MEBA attendees can learn about the company’s other aeromedical services. The company has long been known for providing inflight emergency medical advice and assistance from its 24/7 support center. Customers can take advantage of MedAire services before takeoff, with advice about passenger medical issues before boarding to help prevent inflight incidents and also medical, security and travel information on more than 300 cities in 200 plus countries.

All of this information is accessible via MedAire’s online membership portal. Portal users can also receive email alerts about planned destinations, secure access to emergency records, a vaccination-tracking system, travel advice and a disease and prevention tool.

Once in flight, MedAire services are available via normal communications channels or using telemedicine devices such as RDT’s Tempus IC, which sends patient vital signs to MedAire for diagnosis.