Austrian and Doc on Board relaunch collaboration

From October onwards, Austrian Airlines and Doc On Board are to continue offering their course of training doctors to act effectively at altitude.

If a passenger is ever taken ill while on board an aircraft, the final course of action often requires crew to request the services of a doctor travelling on the flight, to complement the actions of Austrian Airlines flight attendants, who are specially trained to deal with such emergency situations.

Treating a patient on board a flight, however, can be very different to treating him or her at ground level. To prepare doctors for such a role, in case it ever becomes necessary, Austrian Airlines has supported the ‘Doc On Board’ project for many years now. Doc on Board teaches interested doctors exactly how to deal with emergencies in a course of special training sessions.

The Lufthansa ‘Arzt an Bord’ programme is also extending this training into the German-speaking world, transforming it into a project with an international character.

The next Doc on Board courses will be held on 19-20 October and 23-24 November 2013. To register online, just go to www.doc-on-board.com. As well as doctors, paramedics and qualified carers are also entitled to participate.

Courses are held at the Training Center of Austrian Airlines at Vienna Schwechat Airport. Participants are trained in aircraft cabin simulators, under real-life conditions. Course content ranges from reanimation training, through simulation of a variety of different medical conditions, to the legal aspects involved and flight safety training. Doc On Board is also certified by the Medical Association as an emergency doctor refresher course, and DFP-approved.

Doctors can register free of charge for the Lufthansa Group Arzt an Bord programme, and will receive the following for doing so: 5,000 Miles & More bonus miles; a copy of the pocketbook “Taschenbuch Flugmedizin und ärztliche Hilfe an Bord”; a “Doctor on Board” luggage tag.

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