In 2009, there was an incident where a pregnant Indonesian passenger in her 30s started going into labor while waiting to transfer at Incheon Airport, two weeks before her estimated due date. When emergency responders arrived, her baby was already on the way out!
As miraculous as childbirth is, it can be dangerous if the umbilical cord gets tangled around the baby’s neck. Thankfully, first responders helped her give birth safely!
This is a story about Incheon Airport’s Airport Medical Center, which serves as a hospital for passengers! 😊
You thought you’ve seen it all at the airport, but did you know that it also has a medical center? Let’s take a dive into how Airport Medical Center ensures health and safe travel for passengers!
Airport Medical Center, the only health facility in Yeongjongdo Island with attending physicians from a university hospital
Airport Medical Center has been run by Inha University Hospital for 20 years since 2001 when Incheon Airport first opened. It provides health care and first aid services to all patients in Incheon Airport. In addition, residents of Yeongjongdo Island can also easily access the center as the only health facility in Yeongjongdo Island with attending physicians from a university hospital.
The center helps us in various situations which threatens our health, like when you feel something wrong with your body after boarding the plane or feel seek sick all of a sudden before departure.
From routine care to health checkup and even vaccination!
Health professionals at Airport Medical Center provide care for internal medicine, seasonal, orthopedic, and neurosurgical diseases. It is equipped with various instruments for radiology, endoscopy, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, which provides not only outpatient care but also health checkup and vaccination.
Meanwhile, Airport Medical Center also deals with not only routine care but also emergency situations which may occur in the airport. If there is a patient with severe disease, the center has a system in place where it provides first aid and transfer the patient to Inha University Hospital or the nearest hospital for treatment.
What if there is a patient in need of urgent care not in the airport but aboard the plane? It would be fortunate if there is a licensed physician, but if not, it leads to a doctor call where flight attendants contact health professionals on the ground and receive care instructions remotely from them. Some airports have their own medical department and others have a contract with a healthcare provider to conduct a doctor call.
Since Incheon Airport is a gateway to Korea, Airport Medical Center provides vaccination for the flu, hepatitis B, yellow fever, cholera, and so on. Furthermore, it provides a medical check-up to staff in the airport and local residents and helps them to stay healthy.
Unique healthcare services at the jet lag clinic
You may think, “So what? It’s just a hospital.” However, things start to become more interesting once you start comparing Airport Medical Center’s unique services with other hospitals.
For instance, it has care services, which feel quite unique as a health facility in the airport, from treating air travel diseases, such as airplane otitis media, to conducting aviation physical examination, which pilots and air traffic controllers must take regularly.
Students studying overseas often are required to submit physical exam certificates to their school. Did you know that you can get a physical examination in Airport Medical Center? You can get a blood test, urine test, and chest X-ray as well as a routine physical exam, such as height, weight and blood pressure. Any student studying overseas can get a physical exam if necessary urgently.
There is also a jet lag clinic for passengers who find it difficult to travel or do business normally due to severe jet lag! It also provides various medical services, which can help you to overcome jet lag by controlling sleep habits through consultation or using a medication.
You can also consult about economy class syndrome, including leg numbness, which occurs when you have to sit in the same position for a long time. Aren’t these care services quite unique as an airport hospital?
Where is Airport Medical Center?
Airport Medical Center is located in both Terminals 1 and 2. But please note that only Airport Medical Center at Terminal 1 is open due to COVID-19!