Most physicians are consumers of commercial air travel, and half of physicians have responded to a medical emergency on an airplane. Responding to a medical problem on an aircraft is one of the purest expressions of our Hippocratic Oath but provokes anxiety in many providers because of patient populations and conditions outside our normal scope of practice and the haphazard environment of an aircraft. Medical emergencies on flights are becoming more common as air travel is more accessible, people fly greater distances in larger aircrafts, and the inflight population ages. This talk will cover the pathophysiologic stress of commercial air travel, the approach to a midair patient and common inflight emergencies, interventions that can be performed in response to a medical emergency, the equipment available on the aircraft, as well as preparatory flight strategies for physicians. We will also discuss management considerations if asked to serve in other community medical emergencies such as encountering a motor vehicle accident.
The lecture will review a prominent terrorist attack in Boston at the Boston Marathon and the medical response on a city-wide scale and review some lessons learned and areas of opportunity for further preparedness.
In this activity, Dr. Dumanian will discuss the pathophysiology and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and provide with the know-how to diagnose this condition in patients. Dr. Dumanian will also outline various treatment options, both surgical and non-surgical for the management of carpal tunnel syndrome.
In this activity, Dr. Russell discusses the new vaccination guidelines from the ACIP. He will focus on the use of pneunococcal, influenza and meningococcal vaccines by discussing the considerations for each. He will also review the latest research findings in the field of vaccinations and discuss their implications on a primary care physician's everyday practice.