"is there a neurologist on this flight?": An update

Joseph I. Sirven

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Purpose of reviewNeurologists are being asked to offer their services in response to in-flight medical conditions. This review updates the latest understanding of how neurologists should manage in-flight neurologic emergencies should they be called upon to serve. A review of the existing literature was conducted for sharing of best practices in this unique scenario.Recent findingsIn-flight neurologic emergencies are on the rise. This article provides a synthesis of current best practices for in-flight emergencies including epidemiology, airline responsibility, available health care equipment on jetliners, legal ramifications of helping, and pathophysiology of why in-flight neurologic emergencies are so common.SummaryIn-flight neurologic emergencies are common and all physicians are increasingly being asked to respond to in-flight emergencies. Understanding one's responsibility, available equipment, and how to best prevent these scenarios with one's own patients may help to make this complex situation more manageable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-450
Number of pages6
JournalNeurology: Clinical Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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