FAA-Approved Emergency Medical Kits

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FAA-Approved Emergency Medical Kits (EMK)

HealthFirst  is a pioneer in Aviation industry emergency preparedness. Through a partnership with United Airlines and the recommendations of our independent Medical Advisory Board, HealthFirst designed and manufactured the first kits specifically for in-flight medical emergencies.

The FAA EMK Standard

HealthFirst (formerly Banyan) designed and manufactured the first kits specifically for in-flight medical emergencies. In 2001, Banyan kits became the FAA standard for in-flight emergency medical kits (EMKs) when EMKs were made a requirement on commercial passenger aircraft.

Our facility is an FAA Part 145 Repair Station, specializing entirely in Emergency Medical Kit manufacturing, refurbishing and recertification. We also service all air approved Automatic External Defibrillators. HealthFirst provides the required FAA Form 8130 with each refurbished kit or AED.

HealthFirst is also licensed by the FDA and DEA to repackage and refill pharmaceuticals that are required in the kits.


Create Your Own Kit With Custom Kitting Options

HealthFirst is FDA approved to manufacture custom kits to your specifications, as we have for major airlines including Southwest and United.

Many of our airline partners have enhanced their Emergency Medical kits based on recommendations from their medical director for common in flight medical emergencies. Popular additions include epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen) for anaphylaxis, Naloxone opioid reversal and flumazenil for benzodiazepine reversal. Contact HealthFirst to discuss your custom needs. We collaborate with the airline industry to enhance passenger safety and reduce unnecessary diversions with the lowest possible increase in cost, size and weight.

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Diversion Prevention

HealthFirst understands that airlines incur costs for diversions, fuel, maintenance and downstream schedule interruptions, all potentially resulting in passenger inconvenience.

Diversions frequently occur because of incomplete information about the passengers’ condition. Our kits are designed to provide the responding healthcare professional with the very best diagnostic tools available.

Our kit contents are regularly reviewed by an Independent Medical Advisory Board. Recommendations are shared with and approved by our airline partners.

Incident Analysis

HealthFirst offers incident analysis as a free value-added service to all of our airline partners. Incident Reports are reviewed by an independent medical advisory board.

By studying patterns of incident type, actions of responders and passenger outcomes, HealthFirst can continue to improve kit contents, better protect your travelers and prevent unnecessary diversions.

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