By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Have you ever wondered about medical emergencies occurring on flights? Probably not, but as a physician it always crosses my mind because you just never know.READ MORE: Philadelphia Students Finding Comfort In Rec Centers Again Amid Gun Violence Epidemic
Last week there was a report in the New England Journal of Medicine which found for every 604 flights, there’s 1 in-flight medical emergency. The scientists looked at five commercial airlines and reviewed almost 12,000 flights.READ MORE: 'I Thought I Was Done': Residents Of Trevose Mobile Home Park Pick Up The Pieces After EF-3 Tornado
Just in case you are wondering, the most common medical problems were fainting or near fainting, breathing problems, and nausea/vomiting. Seven percent of flights on which there was an emergency had to undergo an emergency landing.MORE NEWS: Pirates' Crowe, 2 Relievers 1-Hit Phillies, End 4-Game Skid
By the way as far as helping out on a plane with a medical emergency, there is no legal obligation to intervene, but health care providers have a moral and professional obligation to act as good samaritans, and are covered by the 1998 aviation medical assistance act, which includes a good samaritan provision.