Assessment of adult patients for air travel
- Melissa Mattison, MD, SFHM
Melissa Mattison, MD, SFHM
- Assistant Professor of Medicine
- Harvard Medical School
- David J Lucier, MD, MBA, MPH, CPPS
David J Lucier, MD, MBA, MPH, CPPS
- Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
- Assistant in Medicine, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Director of Quality and Patient Safety for Hospital Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
In the United States, the Department of Transportation has issued specific regulations to prevent discrimination against passengers based on disability and requires airline carriers to accommodate patients with disabilities . Similar regulations exist in Europe and many other countries.
Clinicians are frequently asked to make recommendations to patients about travel safety. Air travel exposes people to different factors that could have an impact on their health status. There is also limited availability or absence of medical care in the event of medical emergencies . This topic review will present an overview of issues for clinicians to consider when evaluating the risks posed by commercial air travel.
Multiple topics in UpToDate discuss specific aspects of air travel. Related topics include:
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- GENERAL SCREENING AND HEALTH COUNSELING
- General considerations
- - Timing of medications
- - Keep medications within reach while on-board
- SPECIFIC PREEXISTING CONDITIONS
- Deep vein thrombosis
- - Infections that prohibit travel
- - Tuberculosis
- - Upper respiratory infection and ear barotrauma
- Nasal and sinus disease
- Surgery and procedures
- Ophthalmological conditions
- SCUBA diving and decompression sickness
- Mental illness
- RESOURCES FOR CLINICIANS
- INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS
- SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS