UNMC Family Medicine Connect

Grand Rounds Recap: Snakes on a Plane and Other In-Flight Emergencies

Dr. Timothy Coker presented at the Family Medicine Grand Rounds on Wednesday, November 11 at Eppley Science Hall. The topic of discussion was “Snakes on a Plane and Other In-Flight Emergencies”.

Dr. Coker has been a faculty member at Offutt AFB for several years and discussed multiple strategies related to dealing with different emergencies that can occur in the air.

He gave a brief review of the physiology of altitude and how it may affect management of different emergencies. Dr. Coker discussed available resources on a plane both mandatory by the FFA and otherwise.

The lecture was interactive, including the use of a phone app that allowed audience participation answering how people would respond to different cardiac, respiratory, and obstetric emergencies. Lastly, Dr. Coker discussed legal protections afforded physicians responding to this type of emergencies.

The next Grand Rounds presentation will be held on Wednesday, November 18 at Eppley Science Hall from 12:00-1:00 pm. Chad Whyte, M.D., will be presenting on the management of headaches.

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