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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : zme.artcc|
|Altitude||msl single value : 41000|
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zme.artcc|
|Make Model Name||B757 Undifferentiated or Other Model|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||cruise : level|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||oversight : pic|
|Qualification||pilot : flight engineer|
pilot : atp
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 180|
flight time total : 12000
flight time type : 1500
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Anomaly||cabin event : passenger illness|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other other : 3|
|Resolutory Action||controller : issued new clearance|
controller : provided flight assist
flight crew : diverted to another airport
flight crew : declared emergency
|Problem Areas||Passenger Human Performance|
|Primary Problem||Passenger Human Performance|
On sep/sat/03, from lax-atl, diverted to mem airport. FL410, flight attendant notified captain that the passenger was experiencing poor breathing and not feeling well. Flight attendant found a medical doctor and nurse on board, immediately hooked her up to portable oxygen bottle. Captain told first officer to fly aircraft and prepare for a divert to mem. Dispatcher notified via ACARS and company radio 'phone patch' set up with company medical advisor. On duty doctor reluctant to make call without any blood pressure readings (blood pressure cuff too small for large passenger). Medical doctor gave her 'digitec' medication with not much improvement. Passenger was diabetic and had heart surgery 2 yrs previous. Passenger did not want to go to mem. Company medical advisor reluctant to go against 'passenger's wishes.' doctor told captain she could have a heart attack. Based on onboard medical doctor's advice, supported by dispatcher, diverted to mem. Paramedics said she had a 'cardiac event.' passenger did not want to get off aircraft. Explained to her that I couldn't legally take her, reluctantly went to hospital. Follow-up call to hospital, passenger kept for 2 days, testing. Blood pressure cuff too small for large passenger.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: B757-200 CREW DIVERTED TO MEM AFTER A PAX HAD A CARDIAC EVENT ON THE ACFT. SHE WAS ATTENDED BY AN ONBOARD PAX MEDICAL DOCTOR, AND AN ONBOARD PAX NURSE.
Narrative: ON SEP/SAT/03, FROM LAX-ATL, DIVERTED TO MEM ARPT. FL410, FLT ATTENDANT NOTIFIED CAPT THAT THE PAX WAS EXPERIENCING POOR BREATHING AND NOT FEELING WELL. FLT ATTENDANT FOUND A MEDICAL DOCTOR AND NURSE ON BOARD, IMMEDIATELY HOOKED HER UP TO PORTABLE OXYGEN BOTTLE. CAPT TOLD FO TO FLY ACFT AND PREPARE FOR A DIVERT TO MEM. DISPATCHER NOTIFIED VIA ACARS AND COMPANY RADIO 'PHONE PATCH' SET UP WITH COMPANY MEDICAL ADVISOR. ON DUTY DOCTOR RELUCTANT TO MAKE CALL WITHOUT ANY BLOOD PRESSURE READINGS (BLOOD PRESSURE CUFF TOO SMALL FOR LARGE PAX). MEDICAL DOCTOR GAVE HER 'DIGITEC' MEDICATION WITH NOT MUCH IMPROVEMENT. PAX WAS DIABETIC AND HAD HEART SURGERY 2 YRS PREVIOUS. PAX DID NOT WANT TO GO TO MEM. COMPANY MEDICAL ADVISOR RELUCTANT TO GO AGAINST 'PAX'S WISHES.' DOCTOR TOLD CAPT SHE COULD HAVE A HEART ATTACK. BASED ON ONBOARD MEDICAL DOCTOR'S ADVICE, SUPPORTED BY DISPATCHER, DIVERTED TO MEM. PARAMEDICS SAID SHE HAD A 'CARDIAC EVENT.' PAX DID NOT WANT TO GET OFF ACFT. EXPLAINED TO HER THAT I COULDN'T LEGALLY TAKE HER, RELUCTANTLY WENT TO HOSPITAL. FOLLOW-UP CALL TO HOSPITAL, PAX KEPT FOR 2 DAYS, TESTING. BLOOD PRESSURE CUFF TOO SMALL FOR LARGE PAX.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.