One in 604 flights have medical emergencies

05/29/2013 | USA Today · MedPage Today (free registration)

Of the 7,198,118 flights between January 2008 and October 2010, 11,920 had in-flight medical emergencies, or 1 in every 604 flights, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. A health care provider was available to help in 75% of cases. Researchers said that the most common causes of in-flight emergencies were syncope, respiratory symptoms and gastrointestinal problems.

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