It turns out quite a few items are available at a physician's disposal in case of emergency. See the list of medical items required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to be stocked on commercial flights:
- diphenhydramine tablets
- IV diphenhydramine
- IV dextrose
- IV normal saline
- oropharyngeal airways
- IM epinephrine (1:1000)
- IV epinephrine (1:10000)
- inhaled bronchodilator
- nitroglycerine tablets
- nonnarcotic analgesic
- instructions for medication administration
- latex gloves
- IV catheters with tubing and connectors
- AMBU bag
- CPR masks
Of the following items, which are not mandated by the FAA to be stocked in the medical kits on US commerical flights? My Emergency Medicine Blog.
Prout, M. MD and Pine, J. MD. "Management of inflight medical emergencies on commercial airlines." Up to Date. Oct 2008.
Federal Aviation Administration, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Image source: Wikipedia, public domain.
Is There a Doctor Onboard? TIME, 2002.
Despite doctors' help, airlines are often unappreciative. The National Review of Medicine, 2007.