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Prescribed iron tablets for anemia. Should I fly?

I have recently been diagnosed with anaemia , blood count 7.9. I was immediately given one unit of blood and put on iron tablets. My level was 9 five days later. I am awaiting a colonoscopy and endoscopy by mouth and have an appointment for the former on Dec 19. I have a holiday booked in Madeira 22-29 Dec but my doctor says I should cancel as I do not know what the test result will be and you can t fly with a count below 10. I am a 73 year old woman who, until now, has always been very healthy. What do you advise?
Asked On : Thu, 15 Nov 2012
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Dear Concerned.,
Thanks for writing to us.
Anaemia with blood Hb% of less than 10 gm% is an absolute Contraindication to fly at your age of 73 years.
The Medical fitness can be given by the Treating Physician when Hb% is above 10 gm% and you will have to request the Physician to fill up MEDIFF FORM also indicating the requirement of Therapeutic Oxygen (For Eg-02 to 04 Litres Per Minute) so that the engineers arrange to load two therapeutic oxygen cylinders on board and a Nursing Assistant (RN)to accompany you on board in addition to your relatives/Non Medical Escort..
Before the Pax(Passenger) embarks on board they will have to fill up and hand over an Indemnity Bond(IB Form ).
The above paper work / procedures in India are to be done 72 hours prior to departure(India is a signatory to IATA protocols as envisaged in ICAO regulations).

Wishing you the very best,
Get well soon,
Dr Lt Cdr ASN Bhushan.

Answered: Fri, 16 Nov 2012
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