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Dealing with Air or Sea Emergencies

By Linda Tancs

Ever wonder who helps air or sea crews deal with passenger emergencies–besides other passengers with medical training?  One emergency service provider is MedAire, whose services came to light recently when an air passenger died on a flight from the Caribbean to New York.  According to their Web site, MedAire provides an array of services, including real-time medical assistance, medical training (including physiology as well as CPR) and medical equipment.  Not all commercial carriers subscribe to their services, however.  So before you travel, maybe another question you should get answered is how your carrier is prepared to deal with medical emergencies beyond standard crew training.

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