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 • 12 977

  • King Henry VIII
    King Henry VIII  53 minutes back

    *delta Airlines*

    Bing your own epinephrine

    • Marissa Morris
      Marissa Morris  15 hours back


      will gram for HANNIBAL

      • D2R_Rezit
        D2R_Rezit  16 hours back

        *I wonder what the other passengers think when they heard a guy screaming.*

        • JakeTheUselessOne
          JakeTheUselessOne  22 hours back

          Is there a doctor on board

          I know how to call one
          *breathes in* chestcompressionsareuseless

          *doctor mike suddenly appears in front* what did u just say..M O R T A L

          • Saskia
            Saskia  1 days back

            What a lad 👏🏻

            • Tuan Faizah Tuan An Rahman

              👏🏻 You are so cool

              • BLMMRTX
                BLMMRTX  1 days back

                Didn't they do one of those throat punches in saw? Or is that not the incision we're talking about?

                • Arthur Morgan
                  Arthur Morgan  1 days back

                  But was there a *PHELANGE* on the plane ?

                  • Paul Vanukoff
                    Paul Vanukoff  2 days back

                    "They thanked me for not diverting the plane and ruining their plans.". Wow. How selfish some people are.

                    • Resha Mau
                      Resha Mau  21 hours back

                      People are disgusting nowadays. Can't even stop and think about the life of someone else.

                  • Olivera Denčić
                    Olivera Denčić  2 days back

                    So what was up in Israel?

                    • EloraGene McAlarney
                      EloraGene McAlarney  3 days back

                      I had to used my Eipen at school, i was able do it to myself my friend was freaking out.

                      • Camel Maestro
                        Camel Maestro  3 days back

                        It's stories like this from you that inspire me to want to be a doctor even more. Thank you Doctor Mike

                        • Allie Cat
                          Allie Cat  3 days back

                          That’s wild

                          • alex carter
                            alex carter  3 days back

                            Thank goodness you were going to a country outside the USA! Otherwise the poor guy would have a $100k medical bill and his parents would lose their house or something.

                            • alex carter
                              alex carter  3 days back

                              If you need the benedryl that quickly, don't just swallow it, chew those nasty little bitter pills and wash down with water etc., it's awful tasting but you'll get it into your system much quicker.

                              • Ghiyasq
                                Ghiyasq  4 days back

                                I worked at doctor's office, so know a lot about diseases , procedures , insurances etc ... Just wanna say love you Mike :)

                                • joshuaare1
                                  joshuaare1  4 days back

                                  Having an allergic reaction sucks

                                  • Loraine Wilson
                                    Loraine Wilson  4 days back

                                    EpiPens can be hard for people to get. It would be best if there was easier access to EpiPens. A Dr once refused to refill my prescription even though my allergist said I needed one. I also have a friend who has anaphylaxis reactions, but doesn't carry an EpiPen. We need to make these life saving devices more accessible!

                                    • 88Keys🎹
                                      88Keys🎹  5 days back

                                      Three cheers for Dr. Mike! Wait a minute, only three? Ok, five cheers for Dr. Mike! Sweatshirt, bare feet and all.

                                      • Suvidha Rao
                                        Suvidha Rao  5 days back

                                        You look similar to Justin Trudeau

                                        • Marcus Rameau
                                          Marcus Rameau  5 days back

                                          Stories like this are what scare me the most. I have a few severe allergies, but I can't afford an epipen.

                                          • J. Martin
                                            J. Martin  5 days back

                                            Sigh. The Shirt. Again 😭

                                            • Kaila Smith
                                              Kaila Smith  6 days back

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

                                              • Samantha Pentz
                                                Samantha Pentz  6 days back

                                                Did he get a spray tan?

                                                • Maddox Ryan
                                                  Maddox Ryan  6 days back

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

                                                  • Anjelica Verlin
                                                    Anjelica Verlin  6 days 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  6 days 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  6 days back


                                                        • Talia Richer
                                                          Talia Richer  7 days back

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

                                                          • Konan Kami
                                                            Konan Kami  7 days back

                                                            So you went full on the good doctor xD

                                                            • Mel Lozi
                                                              Mel Lozi  1 weeks 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  1 weeks 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  6 days back

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

                                                              • Trishaa Reneé
                                                                Trishaa Reneé  1 weeks back

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

                                                                • bbuingtan
                                                                  bbuingtan  1 weeks back

                                                                  Let's petition to have EpiPens in airplanes

                                                                  • Brianna Gordy
                                                                    Brianna Gordy  1 weeks 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  1 weeks 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  1 weeks 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  1 weeks 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  1 weeks back

                                                                            4:57 “aAnnd-“

                                                                            • Dany Bel
                                                                              Dany Bel  1 weeks back

                                                                              Talk about Israel bro ! Kol akavod!!

                                                                              • Evan Carlson
                                                                                Evan Carlson  1 weeks 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  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Great job, Dr. Mike!

                                                                                  • truthbknwn
                                                                                    truthbknwn  2 weeks back

                                                                                    So true that airlines should keep an epipen on board.

                                                                                    • Adriana Hays
                                                                                      Adriana Hays  2 weeks 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  2 weeks back

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

                                                                                        • LINOY FRIED
                                                                                          LINOY FRIED  2 weeks back

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

                                                                                          • Saphire1993
                                                                                            Saphire1993  2 weeks 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  2 weeks 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.