Lufthansa equips long-haul aircraft with mobile ECG system

Preview1.140807German airline Lufthansa has announced that it has equipped all long–haul aircraft with the mobile ECG (Electrocardiogram) system, CardioSecur

This system will enable flight attendants without cardiological expertise to record an ECG for passengers and send the test results directly to a medical hotline on the ground in the event of onboard medical emergencies.

Lufthansa claims to be the first airline to have the facility. The system was tested on the A380 fleet in 2018 and will now be available for medical emergencies on all long-haul aircraft within the Lufthansa fleet.

The 50-gram compact mobile ECG system developed by Personal MedSystems GmbH consists of an app on the flight attendant’s Cabin Mobile Device (mini iPad) and a small bag with an ECG cable and four disposable electrodes.

According to the airline, cardiovascular complaints are the most common cause of medical incidents on board.

Sven-Karsten Peters, a cardiologist with the Lufthansa Medical Service, said, “The health of our passengers is very close to our hearts. Especially when they are feeling unwell on board, they should know that they are in good hands with Lufthansa.”

“The results of the resting ECG conducted directly onboard the aircraft provide a better basis for deciding whether it is necessary to divert a plane in order to provide medical care on the ground in case of medical emergencies,” he added.

Lufthansa also offers medical travel assistance service in cooperation with the service provider Medical Travel Companion. The airline now enables passengers to book a nurse, a paramedic or a doctor to care of them during their entire flight.

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