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Enhanced Emergency Medical Kits Increase In-flight Care Options 6 pages. [PDF 44K]
U.S. Federal Aviation Regulations will require additional medications and equipment to be included in emergency medical kits in 2004. Like their European counterparts, U.S. air carriers consider passenger expectations, as well as regulatory requirements, in deciding what to include in emergency medical kits and how to train flight attendants to use the kits.
Civil aviation regulations and guidance for air carriers vary among countries but generally seek to limit cabin crewmembers’ exposure to risk of injury from sudden stops or turns and from ground-collision forces. Industry practices distinguish between service-related duties and safety-related duties of cabin crews during taxi.
Current Procedures Maintain Safety During Medical Use of Oxygen 12 pages. [PDF 118K]
With few exceptions, air carriers prohibit the use of oxygen equipment furnished by the passenger. To assume responsibility for providing safely and effectively oxygen for medical use, cabin
crewmembers must receive periodic training on normal operating procedures and on emergency procedures.
Many Passengers in Exit Seats Benefit From Additional Briefings 12 pages. [PDF 73K]
Air carriers worldwide use various methods to ensure that passengers who occupy exit seats meet requirements that help expedite evacuations. Increasingly, safety investigators and civil aviation authorities recommend that, in addition to general briefings of all passengers, flight attendants brief passengers in exit seats about their special functions.
Timely Detection, Response Improve Outcomes of In-flight Fire Fighting 8 pages. [PDF 92K]
Interim recommendations by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada emphasize diversion and landing without delay, rapid in-flight fire fighting and reassessment of all aircraft crewmembers’ capabilities for detecting and suppressing fires.
Strategies Target Turbulence-related Injuries To Flight Attendants and Passengers 12 pages. [PDF 232K]
Civil aviation authorities in various world regions have taken steps to reduce injury risk in light of recent accident experience. Additional methods to help pilots avoid turbulence are on the horizon, but using flight attendant restraints effectively — and encouraging passengers to keep seat belts fastened at all times while seated — remain the best protection.