It is scary to think about what might happen if we suffer a medical emergency during a flight, particularly if it is long haul flight with few options for quick diversions!
I would welcome developments in this area including required equipment and training for the staff on board - our lives are in the hands of the airlines and they should do everything they can to provide treatment for their passengers in an emergency.
About 1,000 people a year die from cardiac arrest in the air, according to data presented in Geneva. Although cardiac arrests make up less than 1% of all in-flight medical emergencies, they can have particularly serious consequences. Doctors led by Prof Jochen Hinkelbein of the University of Cologne, Germany, and president of the German Society for Aerospace Medicine, have drawn up new proposals for cardiac arrest on plane journeys including: All planes to carry an ECG and automated external defibrillator (AED) Aircraft crew should request help as soon as possible by an onboard announcement. The announcement should state there has been a suspected cardiac arrest and the location of the emergency equipment. Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) should be performed if possible and the crew should be trained regularly in basic life support The plane should be diverted immediately if necessary