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Medical Supplies and Equipment Onboard

In 1993, JAL began equipping its aircraft with doctor's kits for use in a medical emergency if there happened to be a person with medical training onboard, and has continued to expand the availability of onboard medical supplies and equipment since that time. 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.

Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

The battery-operated AEDs introduced into the JAL Group are portable and can be carried easily. Simply applying the electrode pads to the patient's chest according to the automated voice instructions in English and Japanese will cause the AED to automatically analyzes the patient's electrocardiogram. Once ventricular fibrillation is detected, the AED gives instructions for defibrillation (pressing the button to release an electric current). If the button is pressed by mistake while ventricular fibrillation is not detected, electrical current will not be released. Additionally, the electrical current produced by this type of AED has been proven not to interfere with aircraft systems, which makes this device safe and highly reliable.

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 (in Doctor's Kit)
  • Glucose solution
  • Isotonic sodium chloride
  • Adrenaline
  • Dopamine hydrochloride*
  • Hydrocortisone sodium phosphate
  • Scopolamine butylbromide
  • Terbutaline sulfate*
  • Atropine sulfate
  • Methylergonovine maleate*
  • Furosemide*
  • Lidocaine*
Oral Medication
  • Clemastine fumarate
  • Nitroglycerin
  • Nifedipine L 10mg/T
  • Ofloxacin*
Medical Instruments
  • Automated External Defibrillator
  • Compact electrocardiogram monitor
  • Sphygmomanometer
  • Electronic sphygmomanometer
  • Pulse oximeter
  • Stethoscope
  • Blood glucose meter*
  • Nelaton catheter*
  • Suction device for liquid matter
  • Ambu bag with reservoir
  • Masks (for adults and children)
  • Endotracheal intubation set
  • Bite block/Airway
  • Injection set
  • * Some medical instruments are not available on RAC flights and some JAC/HAC flights.
  • * Items indicated with an asterisk are only available on international routes (as of October 2019).
Doctor's Kit

The doctor's kit, for doctors who happen to assist with incidents onboard, contains an injections set and drugs. This kit is restricted for usage by medical professionals traveling as customers onboard flights. For details, please refer to "Medical Supplies and Equipment Onboard."

  • * Doctor's kits are not available on RAC flights and some HAC flights.
Resuscitation Kit

A kit used for resuscitation, containing tools such as a respirator (ambu bag), a stethoscope, a suction catheter, a mouth gage, an electric blood pressure meter, and a pulse oximeter.

  • * Resuscitation kits are not available on RAC flights. Additionally, some medical instruments are not available on some JAC/HAC flights.
Medicine in the Cabin

Medicines for relieving airsickness, pain, etc. are available in the cabin of all JAL Group flights for customers. However, we ask that you bring for yourself any medicine that you are required to take.

Medical care support system in cabin

Japan Airlines has a system in which doctors who have registered with the "JAL DOCTOR Registration System" are asked for cooperation and assistance in case of a medical emergency in the cabin. Additionally, Japan Airlines has a system to contact its tie-up medical call center from the cabin. This allows us to receive appropriate medical advice from doctors in emergency departments (available 24 hours a day, seven days a week).