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AsMA Makes Recommendations for EMKs to FAA

February 11, 2020

AsMA Makes Recommendations for EMKs to FAA

In June 2019, the Aerospace Medical Association’s (AsMA’s) Air Transport Medicine Committee released a Guidance Document that included a recommendation that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) make some changes to the emergency medical kits (EMKs) carried on commercial airplanes.

This work was requested by Dr. Michael Berry, the Federal Air Surgeon, in December 2018. The committee put together a task force consisting of Elizabeth Wilkinson (committee Chair), Paulo Alves (lead), David Powell, Simon May, Rui Pombal, Alex Garbino, Alex Wolbrink, Justin Flatt, Jim Chung, Vincent Feuillie, and Tom Bettes. One of the changes proposed was to add epinephrine auto-injectors to the kits.
   In February 2020, after the FAA shared AsMA’s recommendations in an Information for Operators, Senators Tammy Duckworth and Charles Schumer, along with Representative Ro Khanna, sent a letter to Steve Dickson, FAA Administrator, urging the FAA to require airlines to add epinephrine auto-injectors to airplane EMKs. This was based on AsMA’s recommendations, which chose auto-injectors because they reduce the chances of misuse or overdose. The Senators and Representative felt that, given that peanuts and food containing peanuts are available onboard airplanes, it is important to have auto-injectors available. There is an article published in February by RiverBender.com discussing the letter. To read the article, please visit https://www.riverbender.com/articles/details/duckworth-to-faa-require-lifesaving-epinephrine-autoinjectors-be-carried-on-every-flight-39701.cfm.