“Is there a doctor on board?”
This phrase on an airplane always leaves a moment of breathless silence with anxious anticipation that someone raises their hand. But this phrase also serves as a comforting question for flight attendants. According to a New York Times article, airline hosts and hostesses rely on traveling medical professionals for help during a medical emergency.
With more and more passengers coming on board with pre-existing health issues, there is a greater need for medical professionals on board as well. The constant physician shortage battle has increased the need for temporary physicians (locum tenens). Because of the increasing usage of locum tenens, flights are more likely to have access to traveling medical professionals if such circumstances should arise.
Read the article and find out more information on what airlines offer to medical professionals during an emergency and what you can prepare for if ever in this situation.