Airplane Medical Emergency | WE COULDN'T LAND! | Wednesday Checkup

  • Published: 11 July 2019
  • Well, this flight was exciting, to say the least! Luckily it was a learning experience for both me and Matt! Whenever you have an airplane medical emergency doctors do have an ethical but no legal obligation to help. After this event, I thought it might be nice to do a dedicated video to Airplane Medical Emergencies and in general what is expected of doctors and passengers. If you're game for that please let me know in the comments!

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Comments • 10 952

  • pro agent
    pro agent  12 minutes back

    what if there no doctor onboard a flight we dead for sure

    • dashawn melvin
      dashawn melvin  2 hours back

      Thats why i dont fly, just dont feel safe!!!!

      • Earth's Army
        Earth's Army  2 hours back

        Start feeling a lump in throat..

        • Jay Brooks
          Jay Brooks  3 hours back

          Make the announcement.. how many epi shots we have on board

          • Queto
            Queto  7 hours back

            I had a scare one time when I saw one of these ticks crawling up my pants when I was outside.

            • The Art of Flying
              The Art of Flying  7 hours back

              Incredible... I’m actually a lead flight attendant who had this happen to me in the air. A passenger went into Anaphylaxis after eating a snack. Her airway closed, she began clawing at her throat, had a seizure and went limp. We paged for a medical professional, we had 5 (2 doctors, paramedics). My colleague paged for an epipen, another passenger had one, the doctor administered it into her leg and she regained consciousness. We diverted and landed 15 minutes later, this was an hour into a two hour flight. We taxied to the gate, opened the door, paramedics got to her... boom, second seizure. It was awful, I genuinely thought she was going to die. She made it. We gave the doctors who helped a bottle of wine each. We are trained on how to use an epipen, we do not have them on board (though I wish we did). I’ve told that story during first aid training and the firefighter/paramedic who leads that course said in 15 minute, she would have died if that epipen wasn’t there. Also, Matt is incredibly lucky because epipens do not cure the anaphylaxis, it presses pause on the symptoms... typically for 15-20 minutes... Matt is incredibly lucky. I don’t know how he continued for the rest of the flight. Maybe the reaction was milder because it was delayed and from an allergy that’s been developed very recently. I’m glad this worked out because first hand experience, it’s absolutely terrifying.

              • Luke Smeby
                Luke Smeby  8 hours back

                Why didn’t he ask if someone had a epipen?

                • Savvas Halliwell
                  Savvas Halliwell  8 hours back

                  There should be a medical assistant on the plane. Even though flight attendants are trained for some situations, a more experienced doctor would totally benefit everyone and save lives.

                  • Alex Wolf
                    Alex Wolf  9 hours back

                    90 percent of bugs need to be wiped out.

                    • Lady L
                      Lady L  9 hours back

                      Thank you for saving his life.

                      • Jose Rodriguez Morales
                        Jose Rodriguez Morales  11 hours back

                        Mike:The tv shows are soooo dramatatic and this things doesn’t happen in real life
                        Also Mike: I SAVED A LIFE IN A AIRE PLANE

                        • Daniel Martin
                          Daniel Martin  11 hours back

                          Hate to throw a disagreement here, but surgical airways/crics are still a mainstay procedure in the toolkit for paramedics specifically for upper airway problems. Describing them as "something that doesn't happen" is inaccurate. Intubation or supraglottic airway device usage can easily be made impossible by airway swelling.

                          • Flynn Lives cmd
                            Flynn Lives cmd  12 hours back

                            When thats all the passengers thank you for is not delaying their selfish fkin flight, makes me not want to save people at all. Dont appreciate life dont deserve it

                            • Jennifer Strand
                              Jennifer Strand  13 hours back

                              I definitely want to hear about your time in Israel!

                              • Wook Mami
                                Wook Mami  14 hours back

                                Such a smart guy I liked the information about the tick and alpha gal allergy. That’s crazy I never knew we could develop an allergy from a tick bite

                                • Abigail Skelton
                                  Abigail Skelton  14 hours back

                                  Brb never eating red meat again

                                  • Blue2 Billionaire
                                    Blue2 Billionaire  14 hours back

                                    You should fly Emirates they have a hospital grade firsts aid and the staff have medical training to help who ever is doing first aid ⛑

                                    • PATRICIA SANCHEZ
                                      PATRICIA SANCHEZ  15 hours back

                                      I want to hear about your Journey to Israel! 😀

                                      • Javsamca
                                        Javsamca  16 hours back

                                        This is House M.D material, with the bug and everything

                                        • Elizabeth Penton
                                          Elizabeth Penton  17 hours back

                                          Doctor Mike: "...seen in animals, not people"
                                          Canibals: -sigh of relief-

                                          • 尺丹匚匚口口れ山丹下下ㄥモ

                                            "Instagram's hottest doctor"

                                            What a title to have,,

                                            • serrosse Roos
                                              serrosse Roos  18 hours back

                                              You know everything aside your heartfelt is beautiful

                                              • tickle me and I'll Hurt you

                                                Delta should have wrote you a check you save them tens of thousands of dollars by not diverting the airplane

                                                • Matteo Tamburella
                                                  Matteo Tamburella  19 hours back

                                                  Got some House MD going on right here

                                                  • Vang Vang
                                                    Vang Vang  20 hours back

                                                    A lot of these comments are ridiculously hilarious 😂 😂 😆 😝

                                                    • Cassidy17
                                                      Cassidy17  22 hours back

                                                      i was randomly saying bee woop the other day and couldn't figure out what it was from. until my coworker goes its from that hot doctor

                                                      • Michelle Pietroburgo
                                                        Michelle Pietroburgo  22 hours back

                                                        So many things Delta should have on their flights. Epi-Pens, Narcan, honestly just a well stocked bag of VERY COMMONLY USED LIFE SAVING ITEMS.

                                                        A passenger just died on an opioid overdose on a Delta flight, Narcan would have been live saving.

                                                        • Elizabeth Tarter
                                                          Elizabeth Tarter  23 hours back

                                                          As someone who has a serve allergy I know how hard it is to get your hands on an epi pen. It’ll cost me $300 just for one and they’re back ordered so I have to hit up Canada to find one. It’s insane :(

                                                          • Susan Kay
                                                            Susan Kay  23 hours back

                                                            Dude, Ya should have diverted and landed! Take the pressure off you, and avoid having to trach this young man in mid-air! What are you thinking?!

                                                            FYI Our Blood Rxn Rx : Steroid, Benedryl, Zantac, and ASA - covers ALL your bases! THATS what airlines need for basic allergic Rxn!

                                                            • K A
                                                              K A  1 days back

                                                              You can't give 1:10000 eppiI im. I'm surprised a dr didnt know this. 1:10000 is given iv .01mg Q 3-5 min for extremis.

                                                              • Kevin  DeLuna
                                                                Kevin DeLuna  1 days back

                                                                Get those EpiPens moral of the story..

                                                                • Malka Handwerker
                                                                  Malka Handwerker  1 days back

                                                                  Tell us about Israel

                                                                  • Maria Chunle Capistrano

                                                                    Yeng should watch this vlog

                                                                    • Aiman Javeid
                                                                      Aiman Javeid  1 days back

                                                                      Wait sorry what's Israel?
                                                                      Is that a type of sauce?

                                                                      • BananaPancakes7
                                                                        BananaPancakes7  1 days back

                                                                        You’re awesome!

                                                                        • abby ehrenstein
                                                                          abby ehrenstein  1 days back

                                                                          I’d be interested to hear about your Israel trip

                                                                          • LuCasley 20
                                                                            LuCasley 20  1 days back

                                                                            Great idea for auto ejecting EpiPens on board!

                                                                            • boston babe
                                                                              boston babe  1 days back

                                                                              As a 3 time Lyme Disease survivor, I am so happy to hear that you have a working knowledge of tick bites and how they can affect people. All doctors need to have this knowledge and information.

                                                                              • Malia Owings
                                                                                Malia Owings  1 days back

                                                                                All I can think about is that scene between J and O in MLB3 about the tick and she slaps the living hell out of him.
                                                                                "Damn it it's not the tick"
                                                                                "'Damn it it's not the tick?!?!' It's something worse than the tick?"

                                                                                • Ruffin Tchakounte
                                                                                  Ruffin Tchakounte  1 days back

                                                                                  The moment when Dr. Mike got a major commercial deal with both EpiPen and Delta Airlines haha!

                                                                                  • theeTallone
                                                                                    theeTallone  1 days back

                                                                                    I had a similar experience. I was in nursing school and on a trip with a bunch of student nurses and we were flying in Peru to Lima. There was a girl in our group with a anaphylactic reaction to peanuts. Sadly, the airline was serving peanuts as the in flight snack. She happened to be sitting next to me when I noticed she was developing hives which quickly turned to labored and tachypneic respirations. She rapidly declined within about 25 mins complaining of throat swelling. Luckily, for me she an Epi pen with her and I administered it in the seat since she was wearing shorts. She ended up doing well and recovering okay On of the people on out trip was a retired family medicine doctor and said I did excellent. We ended up landing and she gave me a big hug and thanked me for saving her life.

                                                                                    • Beth Melling
                                                                                      Beth Melling  1 days back

                                                                                      Great job Dr. Mike. Question for you though - Why don't you travel with an epi pen (or doctors in general) in case you are called on to help in an emergency? I was shocked the airline didn't have one on board.

                                                                                      • Beth Melling
                                                                                        Beth Melling  1 days back

                                                                                        Great job Dr. Mike. Question for you though - Why don't you travel with an epi pen (or doctors in general) in case you are called on to help in an emergency? I was shocked the airline didn't have one on board.

                                                                                        • Jak h
                                                                                          Jak h  1 days back

                                                                                          Oh wow

                                                                                          • omar abu sarieh
                                                                                            omar abu sarieh  1 days back

                                                                                            How many types of epanifein is there

                                                                                            • Random Stuff
                                                                                              Random Stuff  1 days back

                                                                                              Seriously dude did you really have to use racist and ignorant FOX NEWS as a source like really?!?! I would've believed it with the article and Philip Franco dude

                                                                                              • Ryan Lee
                                                                                                Ryan Lee  1 days back

                                                                                                Wait so you gave 1 mg instead of .5 or .3?!

                                                                                                • Hannah Benenati
                                                                                                  Hannah Benenati  1 days back

                                                                                                  I can’t believe that airlines don’t carry epipens. No one in my family has allergies but we have epipens in our vehicles and my dad carries them in his backpacks. It may be the fact that he’s a paramedic but you really know what could happen