Emer­gen­cies raise fears over first aid

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZHAO XINY­ING zhaoxiny­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The story told by a doc­tor about how his fa­ther-in-law died at an air­port in Beijing has drawn peo­ple’s at­ten­tion to the first aid that air­ports and air­lines pro­vide.

WenTian­lin, a doc­tor in Beijing, posted on his mi­cro blog on Tues­day that his fa­ther-in­law died of a heart prob­lem last spring at Beijing Nanyuan Air­port.

The doc­tor blamed air­line crew and air­port staff for not offering enough help in time.

He de­cided to re­late this painful mem­ory when he was in­spired by a jour­nal­ist from North­east China’s Liaon­ing prov­ince.

The jour­nal­ist, sur­named Zhang, shared on the mi­cro blog on Sun­day about how he had 80 cen­time­ters of his gut re­moved as a re­sult of air­line crew and air­port staff be­ing slow to get him to the hos­pi­tal when he suf­fered an in­ter­nal ab­dom­i­nal her­nia.

Ear­lier this month, Zhang felt a sud­den pain in his stom­ach soon af­ter his flight to Beijing took off. Ac­cord­ing to Zhang’s mi­cro blog posts, al­though the crew con­tacted an am­bu­lance and the air­port clinic dur­ing the flight, they failed to open the cabin door for 50 min­utes af­ter the plane landed and wasted time quar­rel­ing with emer­gency care per­son­nel over who should carry Zhang off the plane.

The price of the de­lay was that Zhang lost part of his gut, he said in the posts.

The two in­ci­dents have trig­gered dis­cus­sion on the In­ter­net. Wang Ya’nan, deputy ed­i­tor-in-chief of Aero­space Knowl­edge mag­a­zine, said such in­ci­dents are rare as a ma­ture emer­gency sys­tem has been es­tab­lished among air­line com­pa­nies all over the world, in­clud­ing China.

“In the jour­nal­ist’s in­ci­dent, I think the mem­bers of the crew may lack ex­pe­ri­ence in co­op­er­at­ing with each other or with the med­i­cal staff,” Wang said.

“More train­ing and prac­tice should be car­ried out.”

Zhang, the jour­nal­ist, said on his mi­cro blog that a leader of the air­line com­pany vis­ited his home on Nov 23 to apol­o­gize. The emer­gency cen­ter at the Beijing Cap­i­tal In­ter­na­tional Air­port apol­o­gized on the same day and pledged to im­prove their co­op­er­a­tion with air­lines un­der an ini­tia­tive called “Life comes first”.

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