Episode 63 – Flight Medicine Rules w/Chris Stevenson


Chris Stevenson is back for a third go-round, so I think that makes him a regular guest on the show. This time, he came at us with a non-clinical topic that peeked our interest…

Likely over the years, we find ourselves giving or receiving advice related to flight medicine. As our years of experience have accumulated, so has the length of our rules and mantras related to flying. From military to mentors to pop culture, these are our ‘Rules for Surviving Flight Medicine’.

*We take no credit for this list. It is only a compilation guide for new crew members.

The Rules

  1. Cardio
  2. Wear Seat Belts
  3. It’s a Helicopter – Speed Is Implied
  4. If You Aren’t Moving Forward, You’re Moving Backward
  5. Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast
  6. Don’t Let Them See You Sweat
  7. Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
  8. Do More, Talk Less
  9. Hope Isn’t a Plan
  10. No One Is Coming
  11. Want to Take Care of Your Family
  12. Unlearn What You Have Learned
  13. Checklists
  14. Luck Is Where Preparation Meets Opportunity
  15. Do No Harm
  16. Don’t Be a Hero

The Story of Elaine Bromiley

Dan’s recommended read.


Chris Stevenson, AGACNP-BC, RN, EMT-B is Chief Flight Nurse at Virginia State Police Med-Flight and an ACNP at VCU’s Burn Center. Med-Flight operates under part 91. Their primary mission is conducting scenes and inter-facility medevacs, but they are also tasked with SAR and Police missions. Amongst his vast experience, he had the privilege of admitting patients from the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon while working in DC, and he responded to Katrina to support FEMA search operations. He’s done some time in operations as well as management.

Check out our other informative episodes with Chris here and here.

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