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Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Fit to Fly? Older Adults and Air Travel

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Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Fit to Fly? Older Adults and Air Travel

University of Arizona College of Medicine
Author(s):  
Jeffrey Schlaudecker, MD"
Sponsor: 
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)
POGOe Id: 
21639
Date Posted: 
08/02/2018
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
05/21/2018
Abstract: 

Fit to Fly? Older Adults and Air Travel  is one of a continuing series of practical, evidence based, Provider Fact Sheets which summarize key geriatric topics and provide clinically useful assessments and interventions. Initially developed for remote, rural clinical sites, they are useful for students and health care professionals from many fields and across a very broad range of health care settings.

Educational objectives: 
  1. Use room-air oxygen saturation levels to determine when a patient should receive supplemental oxygen during an airline flight
  2. List cardiovascular conditions with which air travel is considered unsafe
  3. Make recommendations to patients planning long-distance air travel for prevention of venous thromboembolism 
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

Subscribers to POGOe are free to reprint Elder Care on their own stationery or in other publications without obtaining specific permission, so long as:

  1. Content is not changed,
  2. No one is charged a fee to use or read the publication,
  3. Authors and their affiliated institutions are noted without change, and
  4. The reprint includes the following statement: “Reprinted courtesy of the Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics and the Arizona Geriatric Education Center."
Estimated time to complete: 
30 minutes
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: 
No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
Contact Person/Corresponding Author:
Laura Vitkus MPH lvitkus@aging.arizona.edu


Suggested Citation:
Jeffrey D. Schlaudecker, MD; Ravi Grandhi, MBA; Jon Weber and BS. Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Fit to Fly? Older Adults and Air Travel. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2018 Available from: https://pogoe.org/productid/21639