When medical care is up in air, doctors on ground respond

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By Tom Fontaine, Times Staff

PITTSBURGH – About seven times a day, a phone rings inside a small, dark room on the 13th floor of Pittsburgh’s UPMC Presbyterian, and the recognizable name of a commercial airline pops up on the phone’s caller-ID window.

The airline is calling to report an in-flight medical emergency and, more important, get step-by-step instructions on how to deal with it.

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2017-01-18T01:23:44+00:00