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British Airways is currently being sued by three sufferers of Deep Vein Thrombosis after long haul flights. Discuss the medical evidence that maybe presented to the jury by lawyers representing both parties.

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British Airways is currently being sued by three sufferers of Deep Vein Thrombosis after long haul flights. Discuss the medical evidence that maybe presented to the jury by lawyers representing both parties. Lots of people have been aware of the illness deep vein thrombosis but recently it has been classed with planes. Lots of people believe sitting in an aeroplane is safe but there has been evidence that it is not or do you believe this? Sitting in a cramped space of an airline's coach seating can cause blood clots and in some cases is fatal. Passengers are jammed into the small space provided by the airline so they can get lots of people in the aircraft and make more money. "Economy class syndrome" is the name they have given this illness. It consists of thromboembolic episodes sparked by the sudden forming of blood clots in the legs, among passengers who have remained immobile for a long time in cramped seating, which interferes with their circulation. ...read more.

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British Airways have exercises in one of their magazines but a lot of people don't read them. A video should be shown this would be more effective and make more people aware of the illness. Passengers should have to stand up now and again and do some exercises. On some American airlines they show aerobics videos so people can join in and stretch all their bodies mainly their legs. Certain people are more vulnerable to deep vein thrombosis which include pregnant women, people who are overweight, smokers, people with coronary artery diseases and certain blood conditions, elderly people and if deep vein thrombosis has struck before. But on the other hand air travel is not the only cause of deep vein thrombosis. 30,000 people a year die as a consequence of deep vein thrombosis. Only several hundred cases a year are due to air travel. These several hundred cases are out of over 600 million trips that planes have taken. ...read more.

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People with their limbs set in plaster or from surgery when you're immobile. Here is advice to avoid deep vein thrombosis when travelling by air, drink lots of fluids, no smoking, no alcohol, don't cross your legs when seated, stretch arms and legs, wear baggy clothes and remove shoes. Flying can cause deep vein thrombosis but so can other methods of transport , but you are at risk if you fly in cramped conditions. Other reasons apart from travelling are mainly when people are immobile. "Economy class syndrome" has caused a great concern to the public recently. A lot more information is needed about the illness and this might decrease the number of deaths each year. Deep vein thrombosis can be fatal or if treated not. A lot of cases aren't fatal or even caused by air travel. Are you going to get deep vein thrombosis next time you fly? Should British Airways get sued or not? ?? ?? ?? ?? Louise Howell Biology coursework ...read more.

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