May 31, 2013 12:26 PM by Michael Handler; KSBY News

Doctors help in-flight emergencies

While in-flight emergencies are rare, if one occurs, there's a good chance a doctor or nurse is available to help.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburg studied medical calls made during flights from 2008 to 2010. They found there were nearly 12,000 calls. Physicians on board were able to assist with half of them. Nurses or paramedics were able to help nearly 30% of emergencies.

The most common medical issues were fainting, respiratory symptoms, nausea and heart problems.



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