Laurent Verner

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Age, local resources, and locations have been identified as independent factors indicating the need for immediate air medical evacuation. This preliminary case-control study aimed to evaluate the relevance of a score from 0 to 6 based on these criteria and to identify thresholds. The 3-step scale we obtained may help in prioritizing repatriation requests.
Because of the physiological stresses of commercial air travel, the presence of a pneumothorax has long been felt to be an absolute contraindication to flight. Additionally, most medical societies recommend that patients wait at least 2 weeks after radiographic resolution of the pneumothorax before they attempt to travel in a nonurgent fashion via(More)
BACKGROUND The decision whether to immediately evacuate an international traveler who has become ill is a challenge for physicians of aeromedical evacuation companies. The aim of this study is to characterize international aeromedical evacuations in order to identify predictive factors that indicate urgent evacuation. METHODS The records from all(More)
The transfer of patients with a pneumothorax via a commercial airline involves many medical, aeronautic, and regulatory considerations. In an attempt to further investigate these issues, we reviewed the medical records of 32 patient cases with a pneumothorax who were repatriated on commercial aircrafts. Sixteen patients were transferred with the(More)
BACKGROUND The repatriation of patients from foreign hospitals can foster the emergence and spread of multidrug-resistant bacteria (MRB). We aimed to evaluate the incidence of MRB in patients treated in foreign hospitals and repatriated by international inter-hospital air transport in order to better manage these patients and adjust our procedures. (More)
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) presents across a spectrum of severity. Although some resources suggest a theoretic risk for rupture related to air travel, this claim remains unproven. In fact, there are little data from which to make evidence-based recommendations. Air medical evacuation of a patient with either an AAA at risk of imminent rupture or status(More)
OBJECTIVES We studied a population of individuals who experienced an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) event while traveling abroad and required nonurgent commercial air travel to the home region. METHODS This retrospective study gathered data from 288 patients enrolled in a travel-based medical assistance program. Interventions, complications, and travel(More)
In addition to requests for individual aeromedical evacuation (AE), medical assistance companies also may respond to mass casualty incidents abroad. The purpose of this report was to evaluate the effectiveness of our primary casualty plan, based on experience involving a January 2010 bus crash in southern Egypt. The main evaluative criterion was time(More)