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Airline eyes flight doctor database

China Eastern Airlines launched a new round of cooperation with Shanghai Volunteer Physicians League yesterday to enhance the in-flight first aid service to passengers.

They’ve launched an in-flight medical expert scheme to establish a database of doctors among the airline’s passengers in case of emergency. Over 800 doctors have voluntarily joined the scheme and assisted crew members in urgent medical cases.

Moreover, using its in-flight WiFi service, flight attendants from the airline have also been able to communicate real-time with doctors on the ground, the airline said. Nearly 100 passenger aircraft of the carrier have been equipped with in-flight WiFi facilities.

“Timely medical rescue is vital for patients who suffer acute illness in the air, especially heart disease,” said Zhao Wei, deputy secretary general of the league.

The league initiated in 2015 has more than 1,500 members, mainly chief physicians and young medical experts from Shanghai hospitals.


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