Regardless of thanks or compensation, you are volunteering, and not entitled to anything.
But i know many Senior Dr’s and Nurses, including Professors who will not assist now.
The liability is an extremely difficult issues if you made a mistake, or someone died anyway. If you were on an Emirates flight heading into DXB, the implications could be very serious for you. Medics and Nurses have been detained, or action taken against them in different countries by Families or Authorities, for incidents on Board Aircraft.
A Dr or Nurse, qualified or experienced, is Not licensed to practice everywhere, only in the Country they Register in?
The recognition of that training, qualification, and competence, is subject to the regulations of that Country. The Airline’s origin, may well be where this is taken from, so can you imagine assisting and someone does not make it or may well never have done, in The Emirates, or USA, or Africa?
What if the person did not want to give consent to treatment after…then you have comitted assault…even greater injury…
The implications are very serious, and really do require a measured and definite policy pre-thought out from each person.
Other travellers, should really consider these difficulties on this issue…as it is not clear cut, and awkward for us all. Of course we always would naturally want to assist…but we may not be advised or legally able to do so in the normal way when travelling!