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Title: Flying and midface fractures: the truth is out there.
Authors: Tan-Gore, E
Thanigaivel, R
Wilson, B
Thomas, A
Thomas, M E
Affiliation: Department of Maxillofacial/Head and Neck Surgery, Royal Darwin Hospital, Northern Territory, Australia..
Issue Date: Dec-2013
Citation: International journal of oral and maxillofacial surgery 2013-12; 42(12): 1506-9
Abstract: There are no clear, evidence-based guidelines that dictate when it is safe for a patient to fly after sustaining a midface fracture. From January 2006 to December 2009, the Royal Darwin Hospital Maxillofacial Unit had 48 out of 201 patients with an orbital fracture that involved a paranasal air sinus transported by a variety of aircraft to the unit for definitive management. No orbital complications were recorded for the 24% of patients requiring air travel to our tertiary referral centre. Furthermore, there were no recorded deviations from the standard flight plan. We believe that this demonstrates there are no absolute contraindications to flying on a variety of aircraft with a midface fracture, but clinical assessment remains crucial for an informed decision to transport these patients by air.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijom.2013.06.001
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: air travel
Facial Bones
Orbital Fractures
Paranasal Sinuses
Patient Transfer
Tertiary Care Centers
Air Travel
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