US Surgeon General Assists Passenger on Delta Flight

  • US Surgeon General Assists Passenger on Delta Flight

US Surgeon General Assists Passenger on Delta Flight

Delta said in a statement that the incident took place on Flight 1827, which was traveling from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Atlanta.

It turned out there was: the U.S. Surgeon General himself.

The United States surgeon general said on Wednesday that he assisted in a medical emergency on board a Delta flight.

It's unclear what medical issue the passenger was suffering from. Although Adams was successful in regaining the consciousness of the passenger, he thought that it would be necessary to take the passenger back to the gate and get the patient evaluated at the hospital.

Adams and two nurses responded, said Kate Migliaccio-Grabill, a Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman. Among the many things that the Surgeon General has been prioritizing since taking office is the ongoing opioid epidemic which continues to cause addiction, drug overdoses, and claim many lives. Dr. Adams, who started as surgeon general in September 2017, is an anesthesiologist, according to his official biography.

"The truth is, there are doctors, nurses and techs who step up each and every day to respond to emergencies on flights, and they ALL should be recognized and thanked", Adams wrote. "Thank you so much for sharing this with us".

Dr. Adams was also an associate professor of clinical anesthesia at Indiana University School of Medicine and a staff anesthesiologist at Eskenazi Health, where he was Chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.