Flying and midface fractures: the truth is out there

E Tan-Gore, R Thanigaivel, B Wilson, A Thomas, Mahiban Thomas

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1506-1509
    Number of pages4
    JournalINTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY
    Volume42
    Issue number12
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

    Keywords

    • air travel
    • flying
    • guidelines
    • maxillofacial
    • midface
    • recommendations
    • trauma

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