App Launched for Physicians Handling In-Flight Medical Emergencies

airRx, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing emergency care on commercial airline flights, has launched airRx, a smartphone app developed to prepare and help physicians volunteering to assist fellow travelers experiencing medical emergencies while in flight.

Physicians of all specialties who volunteer to help a sick traveler can use airRx to access 23 scenarios of the most common medical emergencies, with concise treatment algorithms and quick reference information to help evaluate and treat the patient, according to a press release from airRx.

“Across the world, 150-200 medical events occur every day on airplanes,” said Dr. Claude Thibeault, medical advisor to the International Air Transport Association, former president of the Aerospace Medical Association and former medical director for Air Canada.

“Planes are one of the most challenging places in which to treat a medical event due to limited equipment and supplies, lack of space and the time lag to reach medical help on the ground,” said Thibeault.

airRx provides a real-time checklist and quick reference handbook to improve the way that emergent medical situations in the air are addressed, including information on medications and medical equipment that are available on many flights throughout the world.

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