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Interesting - this is essentially an ALS (Advanced Life Support / Paramedic) bag.

Minus a laryngoscope and other vital airway kit items. Although I couldn't imagine trying to use one on the aisle of an aircraft, I'm sure there are many paramedics, anesthesiologists, and ER nurses and physicians who wouldn't hesitate if one were needed. All there appears to be for airway support are oropharyngeal airways. That's surprising and in my opinion (as someone with long-expired EMT training), unfortunate. The same goes for AEDs. A $2000 kit that could save someone's live from being claimed from the most common group of disease in the Western world (cardiovascular diseases) should be a no-brainer aboard a 200 million dollar aircraft. People are helpless at 30,000 feet and it's the airlines' responsibility to have the equipment available for qualified medical professionals who happen to be on board in the event of an emergency. AEDs could even be used by steward/esses who had undergone minimal training.

The aisle of an airplane would be an awesome place to intubate someone. One of my favorite intubation positions is having the patient lying supine, then lying prone 'above' them. This obviously only works of you have a fair amount of space in at least one direction (like an airplane aisle).

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