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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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11 juil. 2019




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EloraGene McAlarney
EloraGene McAlarney Il y a 15 heures
I had to used my Eipen at school, i was able do it to myself my friend was freaking out.
Camel Maestro
Camel Maestro Il y a 17 heures
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 Il y a 19 heures
That’s wild
alex carter
alex carter Il y a jour
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 Il y a jour
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 Il y a jour
I worked at doctor's office, so know a lot about diseases , procedures , insurances etc ... Just wanna say love you Mike :)
joshuaare1 Il y a jour
Having an allergic reaction sucks
Loraine Wilson
Loraine Wilson Il y a jour
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🎹 Il y a 2 jours
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 Il y a 2 jours
You look similar to Justin Trudeau
Marcus Rameau
Marcus Rameau Il y a 3 jours
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 Il y a 3 jours
Sigh. The Shirt. Again 😭
Kaila Smith
Kaila Smith Il y a 3 jours
Anaphylaxis is scary, and insurance won't give me an epi pen...
Samantha Pentz
Samantha Pentz Il y a 3 jours
Did he get a spray tan?
Maddox Ryan
Maddox Ryan Il y a 3 jours
Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear hoodies. :)
Anjelica Verlin
Anjelica Verlin Il y a 4 jours
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 Il y a 4 jours
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 Il y a 4 jours
Talia Richer
Talia Richer Il y a 4 jours
flight attendants: is there a medical professional on board? dr mike: YOU RANG!?
Konan Kami
Konan Kami Il y a 4 jours
So you went full on the good doctor xD
Mel Lozi
Mel Lozi Il y a 6 jours
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 Il y a 6 jours
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 Il y a 4 jours
Ikr? Poor palestinians they are the ones who r suffering may allah be with them
Trishaa Reneé
Trishaa Reneé Il y a 6 jours
Dr. Mike you had a Grey’s Anatomy experience hahhaah season 13 episode 20
bbuingtan Il y a 7 jours
Let's petition to have EpiPens in airplanes
Brianna Gordy
Brianna Gordy Il y a 7 jours
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 Il y a 7 jours
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 Il y a 7 jours
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 Il y a 7 jours
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 Il y a 7 jours
4:57 “aAnnd-“
Dany Bel
Dany Bel Il y a 8 jours
Talk about Israel bro ! Kol akavod!!
Evan Carlson
Evan Carlson Il y a 8 jours
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 Il y a 8 jours
Great job, Dr. Mike!
truthbknwn Il y a 8 jours
So true that airlines should keep an epipen on board.
Adriana Hays
Adriana Hays Il y a 8 jours
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 Il y a 9 jours
That's so kind to save someone instead of not sleeping
LINOY FRIED Il y a 9 jours
You are awlsome dr. mike! Love from israel! :D
Saphire1993 Il y a 9 jours
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 Il y a 10 jours
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 Il y a 10 jours
Emma F
Emma F Il y a 10 jours
Hearing this made me actually *want* to listen to pathophys lectures.
Emmy Joy
Emmy Joy Il y a 10 jours
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 Il y a 11 jours
The newspapers make it seem like one would try to get a disease on purpose to be treated by doctor mike
mizlisa19 Il y a 11 jours
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 Il y a 11 jours
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 Il y a 10 jours
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 Il y a 12 jours
Had to watch this again. Outstanding! Love this story!❤💯
LeeAnn P
LeeAnn P Il y a 12 jours
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 Il y a 12 jours
orange to the thigh blue to the sky
Jay Oasan
Jay Oasan Il y a 12 jours
Amazing!! Doctor mike and Nurse blake should Collab 😀
Aanab Tahir
Aanab Tahir Il y a 12 jours
Real like McDreamy here on board
Aanab Tahir
Aanab Tahir Il y a 12 jours
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 Il y a 9 jours
@Linlupin thanks for letting me know :)
Linlupin Il y a 9 jours
@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 Il y a 9 jours
@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 Il y a 10 jours
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 Il y a 13 jours
Ugh.. Israel 😒
Attractive Geek
Attractive Geek Il y a 13 jours
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 Il y a 14 jours
100% agree Dr
Eddy Connors
Eddy Connors Il y a 14 jours
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 Il y a 14 jours
please make a video of your trip to Israel!
Ron Weasley
Ron Weasley Il y a 14 jours
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 Il y a 14 jours
don't worry, you can still eat humans.
Theinsomniac826 Il y a 14 jours
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 Il y a 14 jours
This sounds like an episode of House.