- When assessing a patient's
fitness for air travel, the effects of reduced atmospheric pressure
and consequent reduction in oxygen tension must be considered. Even
in pressurised aircraft the cabin pressure will be equivalent to an
attitude of 5,000 to 7,000 feet. Although each case will be considered
on its merits, the following conditions are generally considered
unacceptable for air travel.
- Very severe and
critical heart conditions (e.g. the severely decompensated cardiac
patient or the patient who has sustained a recent coronary
occlusion with Myocardial Infarction.) Such cases are not normally
considered within two weeks of onset.
- Introduction of
air to body cavities for diagnostic or the apeutic purposes within
- Mental illness
without escort and sedation.
- Severe cases of otitis media and sinusitis.
- Acute contagious
or communicable disease.
- Skin diseases
which are contagious or repulsive in appearance.
- Fractures of the
mandible with fixed wiring of the jaws.
disease with severe complications.
ulceration with haemorrhage within three weeks of intended date of
- within 10 days
of simple abdominal operations.
- within 21 days
of chest surgery.
- Pregnancy beyond
the end of the 36 weeks.
- Cabin staff are trained in
First Aid only and not permitted to administer any injections.
- Therapeutic oxygen can be
provided if requested on this form.
- Wheelchairs can be provided
at most airports if notice is given.
- Any fee for completion of
this certificate, or for medical examination or report, will be the
responsibility of the passenger.
- Any case which Gulf Air
considers might jeopardise the safety or operation of the aircraft
will not be accepted.
- Patients having symptoms
likely to cause distress or inconvenience to other passengers, and
oxygen tent cases (where the fire risk inherent in passengers
smoking) will not normally be carried.
- Stretcher case passengers
must always be accompanied by a suitably competent person.
- In cases where the Gulf
Air Doctor's opinion is that it is in the medical passenger's interest to
travel as a stretcher passenger, his decision will be final.
- Particular attention is
drawn to the fact that the medical details given on the front of
this form must be accurately typed and completed. If at the time of
embarkation the condition of the passenger is worse that the details
given, carriage may have to be refused.
- The details you give are
transmitted by telex. To ensure that your patient is accepted for
carriage, it is important that all medical terms are legible.