For a Pleasant Flight

Medical Supplies and Equipment on Board

In 1993, JAL began equipping its aircraft with doctor's kits for use in a medical emergency if there happens to be a person with medical training on board, and has continued to expand onboard medical supplies and equipment. In October 2001, JAL began equipping its planes with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), beginning with international routes, to further strengthen its onboard emergency response system. JAL has equipped all domestic and international flights with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) since October 2001 expect domestic flights operated by JAC/RAC/J-AIR.'sCRJ.

Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

AED and Electrocardiogram MonitorThe battery-operated AEDs acquired by the JAL Group are made in the US and are very portable (3.4 kg). Following automated voice prompts in English and Japanese, the electrode pads are simply applied to the patient's chest, and the AED automatically analyzes the patient's electrocardiogram. If ventricular fibrilation is detected, the device will give instructions to push the button and release the defibrillator charge. If the button is pushed by mistake when ventricular fibrilation is not detected, the electrical current will not be released. The electrical current produced by this highly reliable and safe device has been proven not to interfere with the aircraft systems.

Operation Method
(1) The power turns on when the lid is opened
(2) Follow the voice prompts from FirstSave
A. "Place electrodes."
Attach electrodes to the patient.
B. "Do not touch patient. Analyzing rhythm."
When the electrodes are attached, FirstSave automatically analyzes the patient's rhythm.
C. When FirstSave detects a shockable rhythm, it automatically charges.
D. "Stand clear. Push flashing button to rescue"
The rescuer shouts "Clear!" and makes a visual head-to-toe check of the patient to make sure all rescuers are clear of contact with the patient. When this is accomplished, the rescuer presses the illuminated rescue button to deliver a shock.
Electrocardiogram monitor

A compact electrocardiogram monitor is included in the AED kit, in order to accurately analyze the patient's condition. Since the monitor is waterproof and impact-resistant, it can be used for CPR or defibrillation.

Principal Onboard Medical Supplies and Equipment
Medical Supplies
Glucose solution
Isotonic Sodium Chloride
Dopamine hydrochloride
Hydrocortisone sodium phosphate
Scopolamine butylbromide
Terbutaline sulfate*
Atropine sulfate
Methylergometrine maleate*
Oral Medication
Ritodrine hydrochloride*
Clemastine fumarate
Medical Instruments
Automated External Defibrillator*
Compact electrocardiogram monitor*
Blood Glucose Meter*
Surgical set*
Sterilized drape*
Stomach tube*
Nelaton catheter*
Suction device for solid matter*
Suction catheter *
Suction device for solid matter*
Ambu bag
Masks (for adults and children)
Laryngoscope set*
Endotracheal tube*
Bite block/Airway*
Injection set
  • *Items indicated with an asterisk are only available on international routes (as of August 2005).