By Andrea Romano
Updated: June 12, 2018
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A brand new addition to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the first of its kind, according to the airport, and it might make a big difference to passengers when an emergency strikes.

DFW, in collaboration with Code 3 ER, has opened a full emergency room facility on airport property, WFAA reported. Getting to the emergency room from the airport's terminals only takes about a minute. Having the facility on the 27-square-mile property could greatly cut down on waiting and transport time, especially for passengers suffering with serious medical issues.

Nurses and doctors at the ER have already treated airport workers for heat exhaustion and passengers for medical emergencies on board flights since opening on Friday. “We had one woman that had chest pains and we checked for a clot,” Dr. Carrie de Moor, the CEO of Code 3, told WFAA.

The Dallas Morning News reported that medical emergencies happen on 1 out of every 604 flights, according to a 2015 study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

In addition to handling everyday emergencies, the staff at the new emergency room are also fully trained for disaster scenarios such as plane crashes or disease outbreaks like Ebola.

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