Safer on a plane: Doc

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NATION -

A PER­SON has a one in 400 chance of suf­fer­ing a med­i­cal emer­gency while on a plane, ac­cord­ing to new re­search.

But that’s not nec­es­sar­ily a bad thing.

Crit­i­cal care doc­tor Catherine Epstein, who an­a­lysed in­flight data for nearly 132,000 flights be­tween 2015 and 2016, said planes were not the worst place to fall ill. “There is a de­fib­ril­la­tor right there, there’s crew that are trained in first aid, CPR,” Dr Epstein said.

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