Originally posted by dennoc:
With the recent report of BA dead passenger, I canÂ’t help but wonder how crews react in/to the situation and what are decisions made. Though itÂ’s a rare case but there surely be other unexpected incidents occurring.
IÂ’ve heard that there are some medical doctors who fly quite often; I wonder what are the chances of having them onboard in time of medical crisis. IÂ’m still triggered by it to ask more.
I believe both cabin crews and probably flight crews too will have to undergo first aid and CPR course as part of their training.
- Were they taught the basic cardiac life support as well?
- What other training is required?
When encountering medical emergencies to anyone onboard,
- What skill or knowledge is required of the crews?
- How are they trained to react to that?
I believe first aid kits are made available on all flights.
- What about defibrillators, stretchers or other equipments?
- If yes, is it available on bigger aircraft only
When confronted with emergency situation,
- Are the Captains allowed to make discretion to divert flight?
- Will the passengers be consulted for diversion?
- Can diversion be aborted even if passengers are put at risk, due to operating costs?
- How is it escalated, to whom and what assistance is given?
I hope IÂ’ll have the answers to the above.
The cabin crews are all taught first aid - whcih include CPR. They have the basic first aid kits to machine that give electrical shock for heart attack cases.
There is no medical doctor on board, usually if there is they are the passengers. Usually for more serious cases - usually the captain will use the announment system on the plane to ask for any doctor on board to identify themselves to the cabin crew so that can get their assistance.
The captain will be the one after discussion with the ground make the final decision as to divert the flight. Usually he have to calculate a lot of factor, like fuel, new destintation - route, airport , weather situation.