Day 2 – is there a doctor or a nurse on board?

I’d just woken up at 2am GMT when the PA (Public Announcement)woke the passengers to ask whether there was a doctor or a nurse on board? Rather anxiously owned up and was grateful for not having had second glass of red wine with supper! I was escorted to Business class where a man, who at first glance was lying in the gangway, collapsed. He had the pallor of someone needing me to first establish he had ABC – he did and a weak pulse. I wondered whether there was oxygen available and immediately realised of course there’s oxygen – we’re on a plane! So oxygen was brought forth and his lips then finger tips soon looked animate. The staff also had a stethoscope and his wife had a trusty Lloyds pharmacy BP measurer, my watch had no hands but my iphone timer was put to good use. His systolic was less than 100 and for a horrible time I worried he was bleeding internally. He came in and out of consciousness and between he and his wife I was given a history unsuggestive of a heart attack; just a vomit and nausea on a trip to the loo. After some while I felt confident we could transfer him to the fully reclinable seats; although at times the occasional vomit and not so occasional drop in blood pressure over the two hours worried me that I didn’t fancy using the defib, I’d checked was available immediately. Fortunately he stabilised enough to get us to Hong Kong, although I was very worried by the necessity for air safety that he’d need to briefly sit up, and was prepared for another collapse.
Peter and I were upgraded for the half four remains of the flight and Peter reluctantly let me in on the fact he’d been given some flight vouchers!

2 thoughts on “Day 2 – is there a doctor or a nurse on board?

  1. Oh my Helena, I bet the poorly collapsed gentleman & his wife were extremely glad you were on their flight but talk about a busman’s holiday πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ Thank goodness you had the skills to stabilise him & I do hope the rest of your holiday is uneventful in that way! πŸ€žπŸ€ Hope you have been properly celebrating your 50th & not holding back with the red wine today πŸ’πŸΎπŸŽ‚πŸŽˆπŸŽπŸ·πŸŽ‰πŸ€—πŸ˜˜ xxx


  2. Congratulations for giving your expertise and well done! These emergencies are (sadly) quite common! Well done to you! Proud of you! P x


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