"Is There a Nurse On Board?"

  1. when maria giraldo flew to a nursing conference in utah, a passenger became critically ill. but on this flight they didn't call out for a doctor -- they called for a nurse.

    the ny daily news writes that girlado jumped into action and helped save the life of man who's heart had stopped beating. she was later recognized at the conference on nursing excellence that she was attending for her quick action -- a spotlight which she says makes her feel awkward because, "the irony of the whole thing is that this is what nurses do, they save lives."
    http://www.myfoxchattanooga.com/myfo...y&pageid=3.5.1
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  3. by   TuTonka
    I have heard of this and I find myself smiling every time I read it....Congrats to her and quick care,

    TuTonka
  4. by   dalgal
    Actually, as a former flight attendant, I used to page for " Is there a nurse or doctor on board?" and would often get nurses who responded first. Nice article!
  5. by   RNnamaste
    Yep. I have been traveling around the world the past year, visiting hospices, and have had MANY flights where I needed to help someone. Allmost every one was a cardiac issue in a person who had a history of cardiac disease. One man was in agonal breathing...I just want to hand out decongestants to all the little kids so they aren't screaming when the time for decent arrives!
  6. by   indigo girl
    Good article.

    I was on a flight a few years ago where they requested assistance from either a doctor or nurse. I was one of two nurses that assessed a man with chest pain. The decision was made to land at the nearest airport to have this man taken to a hospital.

    Actually, I think that there are probably quite a few here at allnurses who have had the same experience. I remember that we have discussed this before although it's possible that I'm just getting senile and having a false memory, but I don't think so...
  7. by   ElvishDNP
    That is really cool.

    A doctor that I used to work with visited his home country a couple times a year, which entailed several long flights. Once the call went out for a doctor for someone having an asthma attack or something, can't remember exactly. The plane's med kit included a vial of Solumedrol...which he couldn't figure out.

    I thought to myself while he was telling the story, "If you'd had a nurse on board, they would've had it popped, drawn up, and injected in the time you were standing there scratching your head."

    (He improvised and got the Solumedrol in her and she ended up being fine... but I still thought it was funny.)
  8. by   tntrn
    Before my DH retired as a captain of a major airline, I told him that if a pregnant woman started labor, when he paged for a doctor or a nurse, he was to tell the doc to standby, because My Wife, the OB Nurse, will tell you what she wants you to do. He looked at me for just a minute, and then said, "you're serious?" As a heartbeat, I replied, because if that guy is a shrink, a dermatologist, or a large number of other kinds I could name, I can guarantee you I've done this more, and more recently! An OB, maybe a family practice doc, or a vet, yeah, they could be helpful.

    I'm guessing the others wouldn't want to be part of it anyway.
  9. by   MassED
    Quote from elvish
    that is really cool.

    a doctor that i used to work with visited his home country a couple times a year, which entailed several long flights. once the call went out for a doctor for someone having an asthma attack or something, can't remember exactly. the plane's med kit included a vial of solumedrol...which he couldn't figure out.

    i thought to myself while he was telling the story, "if you'd had a nurse on board, they would've had it popped, drawn up, and injected in the time you were standing there scratching your head."

    (he improvised and got the solumedrol in her and she ended up being fine... but i still thought it was funny.)
    in the plane's med kit is a vial of solumedrol? is there also an iv start kit, or needles for im admin??? and someone authorized to use it? i guess it would depend what kind of doc he was - if he was an er doc, he or she would've figured it out the right way.
  10. by   ElvishDNP
    Quote from massed
    in the plane's med kit is a vial of solumedrol? is there also an iv start kit, or needles for im admin??? and someone authorized to use it? i guess it would depend what kind of doc he was - if he was an er doc, he or she would've figured it out the right way.
    oh, i have no idea what all is in the kit....but obviously there was solumedrol and a needle/syringe. this was a fp/internist, so no idea how to work it. :d
  11. by   mamawolf
    As a current flight attendant and brand spankin' new RN yes, we do have IV start kits in the Emergency Medical Kit. Awesome job!!!
  12. by   MassED
    Quote from mamawolf
    As a current flight attendant and brand spankin' new RN yes, we do have IV start kits in the Emergency Medical Kit. Awesome job!!!
    so who, on board of a flight, would be able to use their medical kit? Being able to adminster medications, I am referring to? That can't be a part of flight attendant training....
  13. by   mamawolf
    Quote from MassED
    so who, on board of a flight, would be able to use their medical kit? Being able to adminster medications, I am referring to? That can't be a part of flight attendant training....

    According to my flight attendant manual only a licensed MD or DO can administer without approval. We have a med-link system that allows the pilots to patch into an emergency room in Phoenix and they can approve an RN (LPN) or the flight attendants to administer meds. Administering meds is not part of flight attendant training. Only basic first aid/CPR/AED training.
  14. by   MichelleB34
    It's nice to hear about the good things that nurses do. Awesome!

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