In-Flight Medics Save James Bond
A Scottish company that specializes in providing in-flight medical advice for crew and passengers aboard private jets and airliners, will see its name up in lights again when the next James Bond movie is released. TheFirstCall at the International Centre for Emergency Medicine in Aberdeen has been selected again as advanced medical consultants to the world's most famous spy. "We are thrilled to be partnering with Eon Productions and the rest of the Bond team," said CEO Roderick MacDonald. TheFirstCall was responsible for one of the most dramatic scenes in the last James Bond film. In Casino Royale Bond drinks a poisoned martini during a tense poker game. He staggers to his car where he has an automatic external defibrillator (AED), along with a remote telemedicine connection to his backup team at MI6. He rams a needle in his arm, which indicates that he has been poisoned with digitalis. They instruct him to place defibrillator pads on his chest and inject an antidote into his neck. He is too weak to start up the defibrillator, but fortunately his love interest arrives in the nick of time. The scene resulted from some in-house navel gazing on the future of the leading edge medical technology.
"A couple of years ago we were looking at the future of telemedicine and discussing James Bond and said: 'Wouldn't it be great if he were poisoned and revived?' We sketched out a synopsis and loved the idea so much that we sent it off," Dr. James Ferguson, the leading clinician for TheFirstCall told AVweb.