TAKING FLIGHT: PREPARING FOR A GENERATION OF OLDER AIR TRAVELERS

Symposia

  • Date:
  • Time: 10:30am - 11:30am
  • Track: Clinical Practice
  • CME/CE: 1.0

Moderator: Leah J. Witt, MD

While older adults and their caregivers often seek pre-travel advice from physicians and other health professionals, most clinicians have received no formal training about preparing patients for travel. This program aims to address this knowledge gap, by describing how the physiology of aging impacts safe air travel, exploring the prevalence and management of inflight medical emergencies, discussing barriers to travel, and proposing pre-travel preparation measures.  Learning Objectives: (1) summarize how the physiologic changes of aging affect the older adult during air travel; (2) recognize the most frequent symptoms and diagnoses of inflight medical emergencies, and manage emergencies with limited resources; and(3) describe how to counsel patients about preparing for safe travel, in light of geriatric comorbidities, as well as pre-travel preparation tools available for this discussion.

The Physiologic Effects of Air Travel with Advancing Age
Megan E. Rau, MD, MPH, FACP
Medical Emergencies During Air Travel
Paulo M. Alves, MD, MSc, FAsMA
Pre-Travel Medical Consultation
Julia Loewenthal, MD