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Table 3 Signs and symptoms*

From: Medical emergencies on board commercial airlines: is documentation as expected?

Airline A B C D E F G H I J
Blood pressure (mmHg) X X X X     X   
Body temperature (°C) X X X X X    X   
Cardiac arrest observed (Y/N)     X       
Chest pain (Y/N)         X   
Choking (Y/N)         X X  
Clinical course (free text)         X   
Consciousness - aggressive (Y/N) X    X       
Consciousness - anxious (Y/N) X    X X      
Consciousness - awake and cooperative (Y/N) X   X      X   
Consciousness - confused (Y/N) X    X       
Consciousness - drowsy (Y/N) X          
Consciousness - no reaction (Y/N) X   X   X    X X  
Consciousness - partially responsive (Y/N)    X      X   
Consciousness after resuscitation (Y/N) X    X       
Coughing (Y/N) X    X       
Description of the injury/event (free text) X   X X    X X X X
Diarrhea (Y/N) X   X X X    X   
Dyspnea (Y/N)    X      X   
General condition collapsible (Y/N) X          
General condition weak (Y/N) X          
Headache (Y/N)          X  
Hyperventilation (Y/N)    X      X   
Incontinence (Y/N)          X  
Last Meal/Fluid Intake (free text)          X  
Nausea (Y/N) X    X X     X  
Oxygen saturation   X         
Pain - intensity (light/moderate/severe) X    X X      
Pain - localization X    X       
Pain - quality (sharp/spasmodic/persistent/episodic) X    X       
Patient aggressive (Y/N)      X      
Patient confused (Y/N)      X      
Patient dizzy (Y/N)     X       
Patient drowsy (Y/N)      X      
Patient faint (Y/N)     X X      
Patient intoxicated (Y/N)     X      X  
Patient unconscious (Y/N)     X       
Patient weak (Y/N)     X       
Patient history - allergies X X   X X     X  
Patient history - known medical condition X   X X X    X X  
Patient history - medication taken X   X X X     X  
Pulse - hand (Y/N) X          
Pulse - neck (Y/N) X          
Pulse - palpable (Y/N)           
Pulse - pulseless (Y/N) X          
Respiration - arrest (Y/N) X    X       
Respiration - cleaning of the respiratory tract (Y/N)    X      X   
Respiration - frequency (/min) X   X X X    X X  
Respiration - mouth-to-mouth ventilation (Y/N)    X      X   
Respiration - respiratory difficulty (Y/N) X     X      
Respiration - ventilation (Y/N)         X   
Skin - cold (Y/N) X   X X     X   
Skin - cyanotic (Y/N) X   X X     X   
Skin - dry (Y/N)    X      X   
Skin - highly reddened (Y/N)    X      X   
Skin - moist (Y/N) X    X X    X X  
Skin - normal (Y/N)    X      X   
Skin - pale (Y/N) X   X X X    X   
Skin - patchy (Y/N) X    X       
Skin - rash (Y/N)     X X      
Skin - rash location     X       
Skin - warm (Y/N) X   X X     X   
Unconsciousness - duration (min)          X  
Vertigo (Y/N) X          
Vomiting (Y/N) X   X X X    X X  
Wound location     X       
Wound severity (mild/moderate/severe)     X X      
  1. *Details from 10 airlines (A-J) on the documentation of on board in-flight medical emergencies, sub-category signs and symptoms.