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Is there a doctor in the house?
Know legal protections, ethical obligations of providing Good Samaritan emergency care
Liam Yore,1 a physician from north of Seattle, was on a flight to Greece when a flight attendant asked over the airplane's intercom system whether there was a doctor on board.
Yore thought of several reasons to ignore the call. First, the lack of equipment and resources to which he was accustomed in the emergency room (ER) severely limited his ability to treat patients.
"There's very little as an ER doc that I'm actually capable of doing out of the hospital setting. I can do better [cardiopulmonary resuscitation] than most people, but that's about it," he says.