Telemedical assistance for in-flight emergencies on intercontinental commercial aircraft.

@article{Weinlich2009TelemedicalAF,
  title={Telemedical assistance for in-flight emergencies on intercontinental commercial aircraft.},
  author={Michael Weinlich and Nadine Nieuwkamp and Uwe Stueben and Ingo Marzi and Felix Walcher},
  journal={Journal of telemedicine and telecare},
  year={2009},
  volume={15 8},
  pages={409-13}
}
We have conducted a three-year prospective study of medical incidents on a commercial airline. A telemedicine service was available via an on-board satellite phone. During the study period there were 3364 medical incidents. The most common incident was collapse (n = 2310, 57%). Telemedicine was used in 323 of the cases (9%). Neurological patients, mostly stroke and seizures, excluding psychiatric diseases, were seen in 27% of the telemedicine cases (n = 83). Most of the cases involved middle… CONTINUE READING

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