Airplane Medical Emergency | WE COULDN'T LAND! | Wednesday Checkup

  • Published: 11 July 2019

    Well, this flight was exciting, to say the least! Luckily it was a learning experience for both me and Matt! Whenever you have an airplane medical emergency doctors do have an ethical but no legal obligation to help. After this event, I thought it might be nice to do a dedicated video to Airplane Medical Emergencies and in general what is expected of doctors and passengers. If you're game for that please let me know in the comments!

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Comments • 12 949

  • Kaila Smith
    Kaila Smith  5 hours back

    Anaphylaxis is scary, and insurance won't give me an epi pen...

    • Samantha Pentz
      Samantha Pentz  5 hours back

      Did he get a spray tan?

      • Maddox Ryan
        Maddox Ryan  7 hours back

        Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear hoodies. :)

        • Anjelica Verlin
          Anjelica Verlin  10 hours back

          I agree epi-pens should be in every plane restaurant hotel office building grocery store EVERYWHERE you never know when something like this is gonna happen

          • Margrete Kjeldsberg
            Margrete Kjeldsberg  15 hours back

            OMG, poor Doc. Having to gear up for performing a makeshift cric on a plane, with little experience with the procedure. Sure, poor guy, but he's under the care of a doctor, so he probably feels as safe as he can under the circumstnaces, but poor Dr. Mike who needs to be ready for this stuff. I'm glad the guy was fine, but he must feel bummed out that he can't eat mammalian meat any more.

            • Mamecoumba Sine
              Mamecoumba Sine  22 hours back


              • Talia Richer
                Talia Richer  1 days back

                flight attendants: is there a medical professional on board?
                dr mike: YOU RANG!?

                • Konan Kami
                  Konan Kami  1 days back

                  So you went full on the good doctor xD

                  • Mel Lozi
                    Mel Lozi  2 days back

                    My story: Last year I was walking to Starbucks in an airport at the very end of my preliminary year in internal medicine after a mission trip (going into Ophthalmology, so starting to adapt the mindset of lower-paced elective surgeries and whatnot), and I had **just** split ways with an IM attending who went to one of those fancy member clubs/she did not hear the subsequent overhead call. I hear the call overhead asking for a doctor urgently and happened to be walking near the gate where the incident was. It ended up being syncope with regained consciousness by the time I got there (but scary as patient was on blood thinners/had history of bypass surgery) with straightforward acute management. But man-oh-man after that feeling of being solo in an emergency situation, I will forever review the ACLS protocols/acute care no matter how far out I get from general medicine! It's an important responsibility no matter how specialized you get.

                    • Nourhan Mohamed
                      Nourhan Mohamed  3 days back

                      Ironically, Those Zionists, who are killing Palestinian children, women and men, bring doctors for nonprofits. What about stop killing Palestinians, then build nonprofits and bring doctors from all over the world, killers.

                      • Amira Barcelonista Vip
                        Amira Barcelonista Vip  9 hours back

                        Ikr? Poor palestinians they are the ones who r suffering may allah be with them

                    • Trishaa Reneé
                      Trishaa Reneé  3 days back

                      Dr. Mike you had a Grey’s Anatomy experience hahhaah season 13 episode 20

                      • bbuingtan
                        bbuingtan  4 days back

                        Let's petition to have EpiPens in airplanes

                        • Brianna Gordy
                          Brianna Gordy  4 days back

                          Back when peanuts were still a thing on planes I witnessed someone go in to anaphylaxis. Scary part was, if my memory serves me right, they hadn't even come in contact with the peanuts. It was SO SCARY. I genuinely thought I was watching someone die. I was like eight. And we were flying from BWI to Fort Myers Florida. Everything ended up really good and we landed in Atlanta. As it was the closest and most available from where we were. It's so hard to believe planes don't have epipens. I'm curious if they did back then when they had peanuts as a snack. Because I'd not...that's STUPID.

                          • kateawake
                            kateawake  4 days back

                            do you know how often you wiped your norse with you hand/fingers just in this video? as a German I´m very direct, sorry. :)

                            • Kasidy Charboneau
                              Kasidy Charboneau  4 days back

                              This made me think of the episode in greys anatomy where Meredith basically did brain surgery on a plane that was flying through a storm. Season 13 you have to react to that one!!!

                              • springin2tri
                                springin2tri  4 days back

                                Perhaps he should have made an announcement asking if anyone on board had an EPI Pen. Food Allergies are some common these days that many kids carry EpiPens.

                                • Rainbow
                                  Rainbow  4 days back

                                  4:57 “aAnnd-“

                                  • Dany Bel
                                    Dany Bel  5 days back

                                    Talk about Israel bro ! Kol akavod!!

                                    • Evan Carlson
                                      Evan Carlson  5 days back

                                      But the real question is:
                                      Can you treat a cerebral hemorrhage by relieving the pressure on the brain, using a syringe, straw, and nail clippers to remove blood on an airplane in a thunderstorm with major turbulence? Because Meredith Grey can.

                                      Grey’s Anatomy Season 13 Episode 20
                                      “In the Air Tonight”

                                      • Paula Ann
                                        Paula Ann  5 days back

                                        Great job, Dr. Mike!

                                        • truthbknwn
                                          truthbknwn  5 days back

                                          So true that airlines should keep an epipen on board.

                                          • Adriana Hays
                                            Adriana Hays  5 days back

                                            Benadryl has mammal biproducts, which may cause another allergic reaction. Due to this, depending on his sensitivity to red meat and animals biproducts, and it could another allergic reaction.

                                            • ToxicDragonEgg
                                              ToxicDragonEgg  5 days back

                                              That's so kind to save someone instead of not sleeping

                                              • LINOY FRIED
                                                LINOY FRIED  5 days back

                                                You are awlsome dr. mike!
                                                Love from israel! :D

                                                • Saphire1993
                                                  Saphire1993  6 days back

                                                  While I have never needed to use any of the epi-pens I was given as a kid, I did constantly play with the dummy pen that teaches you how to use them. Lol it's literally an epi pen sans the needle so slamming the auto injector part into your thigh was too satisfying.

                                                  • Trinity Adams
                                                    Trinity Adams  7 days back

                                                    I have a strange thing that happens where if I sweat a lot I break out into hives and one time it got really bad in gym class. I was walking with two girls and one noticed my neck turning red and she was like "whoa whoa are you ok? Did you maybe eat something you're allergic to?" And I'm like "no I don't have any food allergies that i know of this just happens when i sweat." She responds with, "well i don't like this," she then pulls me over to where that water fountains and air conditioner are and tells the other girl to go get the gym teacher while she is making sure that I'm okay. The teacher comes over and asks me the same questions about maybe eating something I'm allergic to and I give the same answer that i gave the girl so she says "I don't like that your neck is turning red." So she has the first girl walk me down to the nurses office and the other girl grabs my bags for me out of the locker room. I explain the whole situation to the nurse and she decided to keep me in her office for observation in case my throat started closing and also to see if the hives went away because at that point my entire body was covered in hives. So I am in the nurses office reading and none of the hives were going away but my middle school has a policy where they will not give you stuff like benadryl without written consent from a parent or guardian so because the hives aren't going away and they are actually getting worse. She calls my mom and says "hey your daughter is in here and she is having a bad reaction to something, she says it is her sweat. Can you send someone to pick her up and take her home." So my grandma comes and gets me, gives me benadryl, and takes me over to her house so she can keep an eye on me where I watch pokemon: origins and then pass out. The next day my mom sent me in with a note saying that it was okay for the nurse to give me benadryl if it happened again. It did happen again about a month later. The gym teacher sent me to the nurse again but this time after waiting she gave me benadryl and I nearly fell asleep in every class after that.

                                                    • King Kong
                                                      King Kong  7 days back


                                                      • Emma F
                                                        Emma F  7 days back

                                                        Hearing this made me actually *want* to listen to pathophys lectures.

                                                        • Emmy Joy
                                                          Emmy Joy  7 days back

                                                          So can anyone creditable answer a question I have? Basically I'm wondering if mild non life threatening Anaphylaxis is a thing? Cause I'm regularly getting unexplained hives at the moment and sometimes they will make me feel pretty weird. Just wondering if it is something I have to take more seriously.

                                                          • Ruchir Rawat
                                                            Ruchir Rawat  1 weeks back

                                                            The newspapers make it seem like one would try to get a disease on purpose to be treated by doctor mike

                                                            • mizlisa19
                                                              mizlisa19  1 weeks back

                                                              I would have had a Valium and 3 drinks in and been screwed.

                                                              • Paul the 2 mikolaj Sørensen

                                                                Hmmm that’s awesome and crazy all at the same time

                                                                • BiRuGiTo
                                                                  BiRuGiTo  1 weeks back

                                                                  Flight attendants can’t inject anything, so if there were an epi pen you’d still need a Dr. to administer it.

                                                                  I know some airlines have a kit with intubation equipment, maybe not Delta?

                                                                  Also, typical passenger reaction to care more about a diversion than about an ill person. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

                                                                  • A.Grubie
                                                                    A.Grubie  1 weeks back

                                                                    Wouldnt a basic human reaction if you had any knowledge on using an epi pen, be immediately doing that? They should, without a doubt be trained to handle these emergencies. But even when that isn't the case, the odds of there being no people aboard with experience using epi pens is statistically low.

                                                                • Polly Naviaux
                                                                  Polly Naviaux  1 weeks back

                                                                  Had to watch this again. Outstanding! Love this story!❤💯

                                                                  • LeeAnn P
                                                                    LeeAnn P  1 weeks back

                                                                    You need to watch the Grey's Anatomy season 13 episode 20, Meredith Grey and another doctor have to makeshift some things to help save the lives of 2 people on a plane... (then there is an actual plane crash earlier on, I'd love to hear what you would do in this situation as well)

                                                                    • Mr Munk00
                                                                      Mr Munk00  1 weeks back

                                                                      orange to the thigh blue to the sky

                                                                      • Jay Oasan
                                                                        Jay Oasan  1 weeks back

                                                                        Amazing!! Doctor mike and Nurse blake should Collab 😀

                                                                        • Aanab Tahir
                                                                          Aanab Tahir  1 weeks back

                                                                          Real like McDreamy here on board

                                                                          • Aanab Tahir
                                                                            Aanab Tahir  1 weeks back

                                                                            Im carrying an EpiPen from now on on airplanes. I care about people even though im in 8th grade (dont judge me) and I dont want to see anything bad happen. :)

                                                                            • Aanab Tahir
                                                                              Aanab Tahir  6 days back

                                                                              @Linlupin thanks for letting me know :)

                                                                            • Linlupin
                                                                              Linlupin  6 days back

                                                                              @Aanab Tahir If you really wanted to check for any, you could get an allergy test done but they are awful to get done even if you aren't allergic to anything you're tested for.
                                                                              Anyway that is not the problem here.
                                                                              I've since looked up this idea and you *do* need a written prescription from your doctor in order to bring an EpiPen onto a plane. In fact in the US you can't even obtain one unless you have a prescription.

                                                                              Just make a travel-safe mini med kit and stick allergy medication in it, just make sure to label everything.

                                                                            • Aanab Tahir
                                                                              Aanab Tahir  6 days back

                                                                              @Linlupin Idk if i have allergies since i'm very basic id try new things and i don't eat on planes anyway. BUT i could anywhere, my body is sensitive to a lot of things including food. But even if i don't have allergies id want anyone to die. :)

                                                                            • Linlupin
                                                                              Linlupin  7 days back

                                                                              It’s good to care about situations that don’t directly impact you, I know of too many adults who haven’t grasped that concept.
                                                                              However If you don’t have any allergies, I’m suspecting it would be difficult to not only obtain an EpiPen but also to bring it onto a plane. I could be wrong of course, I don’t have any allergies of that sort.

                                                                          • Elite
                                                                            Elite  1 weeks back

                                                                            Ugh.. Israel 😒

                                                                            • Attractive Geek
                                                                              Attractive Geek  1 weeks back

                                                                              this is the first time ive seen your video, and i must say i really appreciate your work and how professional you were handling the situation. in this case, you had to improvise and make do of your environment and materials available to you while staying under control and checking for any other risks at hand

                                                                              • Atyeh Atyeh
                                                                                Atyeh Atyeh  2 weeks back

                                                                                100% agree Dr

                                                                                • Eddy Connors
                                                                                  Eddy Connors  2 weeks back

                                                                                  I guess this explains why there were no Epipens! They are supposed to be stocked per federal guidelines but airlines can request a waiver due to medication shortages.

                                                                                  • Bianca Ward
                                                                                    Bianca Ward  2 weeks back

                                                                                    please make a video of your trip to Israel!

                                                                                    • Ron Weasley
                                                                                      Ron Weasley  2 weeks back

                                                                                      I never knew Dr Mike was really titled with sexiest doctor, I though it was just a meme in this channel

                                                                                      • Lone Wolfy Gxcha
                                                                                        Lone Wolfy Gxcha  2 weeks back

                                                                                        don't worry, you can still eat humans.

                                                                                        • Theinsomniac826
                                                                                          Theinsomniac826  2 weeks back

                                                                                          I got bitten by that tick and broke out into hives starting on my legs every time I ate any meat.

                                                                                          • Brian Larsen
                                                                                            Brian Larsen  2 weeks back

                                                                                            This sounds like an episode of House.