This lecture will address four common but challenging issues in primary care practice including the cause of a patient's red eye, the cause of a patient's night sweats, whether a patient is depressed or suicidal, and whether a patient has temporal arteritis.
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.
Join us as we discuss best practices for providing care to the transgender population.