“Is there a doctor in the house?!?” is a cliché line from the movies. However, it’s no joke if you’re the one that needs the doctor. Things get even more serious if the medical emergency is happening during an airline flight.
A doctor handling an in-flight medical emergency needs all the help he or she can get. Thankfully, there’s a new mobile app designed to help.
airRx, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing emergency care on commercial airline flights, has launched airRx, which it bills as “the only smartphone app developed to prepare and help physicians volunteering to assist fellow travelers experiencing medical emergencies while in flight.”
Physicians of all specialties who volunteer to help a sick traveler can use airRx to access 23 scenarios of the most common medical emergencies.
The app offers concise treatment algorithms and quick reference information to help evaluate and treat the patient.
According to the company, airRx is specifically aimed at the health professional who does not treat acute medical events on a routine basis.
This is a big plus, since you can’t be too choosy about the doctor you get during an in-flight emergency.