Are Canadian airlines prepared?
From: Regina Leader-Post
'Is a doctor or nurse on board?" The Jazz flight attendant was ready to roll the refreshment cart down the aisle of the 50-seat plane when she saw an older man leaning forward in his front row seat, holding his ashen face in shaking hands. Perspiring, he told the flight attendant he was nauseated. His condition didn't improve when she placed a cold cloth around his neck, so she requested medical assistance. Two Regina emergency room doctors, who were taking the direct flight from the Queen City to Vancouver for a medical conference, immediately offered to help.
Crouching beside the man's seat, they quietly asked about his symptoms - many of which were consistent with a heart attack. One doctor requested a blood pressure monitor, but there wasn't one on the plane. The flight attendant carried a small tank of oxygen to the man's seat and the senior's pasty colour gradually improved after an oxygen mask was placed on his face.
Heads together, the two physicians discussed the man's condition. Their observations were relayed via the pilot to a physician on the ground trained to deal with inflight emergencies.
Shortly after the man took Aspirins offered by passengers, the plane made an emergency landing in Calgary, where paramedics boarded the plane and assessed him. He was rushed to a local hospital.
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