Some strange-looking flying car, a transformer-type vehicle... What comes to mind when you hear or read "air ambulance"? Although that is amusing to think about, an air ambulance is usually a rotary-wing or fixed-wing aircraft that has been specially modified to meet specific medical needs. Aeromedical transportation provided by Medical Air Service is a critical service geared towards US citizens and patients from across the world, transporting them from one location to another, whether domestically or internationally. Let us dissect the situations in which our services are required and the ways in which they outperform commercial airliners.
A word on the healthcare in the US
The United States is frequently regarded as having some of the world's best healthcare facilities. This and the ranking of its hospitals are influenced by four metrics: Medicare quality, hospital quality, nursing home quality, and preventable hospital admissions. Hawaii, the best state to receive medical attention, also ranks No. 1 for health care quality. Alaska comes in second, followed by Utah, Arizona, and Colorado.
Learn more about the US healthcare system and the highlights of medical tourism in the country by clicking here.
Why would US citizens require our air ambulances?
Air transportation is more often than not linked to work-related travel, vacation or simply pure enjoyment. However, when it comes to medical flights, air ambulances can be lifesaving!
When proper long-distance patient transportation and in-flight treatment are of the essence, Medical Air Service's medical flights make all the difference. They serve a variety of purposes, from quickly transferring a sick child to a specialty care hospital to transporting senior citizens who require specific on-board medical attention. Our aeromedical ambulances help patients of all ages and with a variety of conditions and needs. After all, health issues can occur to anyone, at any time, so it is always a good idea to be prepared when it comes to you and your loved ones' health and safety.
Do you have any doubts about whether your situation warrants the use of an ambulance flight? Here are some common reasons why our clients request our services in the US:
Visiting a new part of the world can be exciting and wonderful. However, having an unforeseen medical issue in a country that is not properly equipped to provide the medical care needed can land you in serious trouble. Thanks to our aeromedical services, you won't have to worry about visiting remote areas again. If you become ill or injured while traveling abroad, our medical flights will transport you back to the United States to receive the necessary medical care at your preferred hospital.
The following are some of the most common reasons why our US clients hire our air ambulance transportation:
- Traumatic injuries;
- Respiratory diseases;
- Neurological conditions;
- Pregnancy complications;
- Heart attacks/strokes/thrombosis;
Other non-emergency situations include:
Isolated from family
Although not life-saving in nature, our medical flights are frequently required to transport someone from a remote area within/to the United States with the assurance that they will receive the professional medical care they require on-board.
To expand on the previous point, the United States is a massive country. Even in the best of circumstances, the long distances that separate states and counties from larger cities can make visiting a loved one difficult. Luckily, we can transport a frail family member to your doorstep.
Inadequate medical care in your area
Medical facilities, no matter where you live, may not always be able to provide the specific care you require. Whether you live in a rural area or a densely populated city, our air ambulance can transport you to a hospital anywhere in the world to be treated for your specific condition.
Similarly, patients may be required to coordinate their medical appointments between two or more facilities at times. If the distance between locations is too great to travel by land, our air ambulance service is a dependable and convenient way to receive medical care in multiple locations.
We, at Medical Air Service, are committed to ensuring that you and your loved ones receive the medical attention you deserve. We will get you where you need to go, day or night, with access to medical aircraft and commercial airline medical escorts.
Commercial flights are out of the question
Injuries and illness do occur. And when they happen, taking a commercial flight from a small airport with economy seating to get the medical care you require may not be possible. Consider our medical planes and private jets as alternatives. Indeed, our air ambulance fleet consists of aircraft of all sizes with private terminals. Your own private medical charter will get you where you need to go when you need to safely and on time!
Contact us today for all of your air ambulance needs in the US and beyond!
When are commercial flights not possible?
Because sick/injured patients do consider transfers via commercial flights and older adults fly commercially without second-guessing potential health risks, it is critical to recognize and help prevent medical complications associated with long-distance air travel.
Indeed, when considering potential in-flight care, patients with the following conditions should not overlook several critical issues:
- Patients who require intensive care;
- Patients with severe middle ear infections;
- Patients who have a known pneumothorax;
- Patients who have a history of or are at risk of venous thrombosis;
- Those who have recently been hospitalized, injured, or undergone surgery;
- Patients with severe asthma or asthma that has recently necessitated hospitalization;
- Patients with pulmonary hypertension, particularly those who require oxygen, are at an increased risk of hypoxemia;
- Any patient with an oxygen saturation less than 92 percent, as well as patients with an oxygen saturation between 92-95 percent if they have hypercapnia, lung cancer, or a FEV1 less than 50 percent of predicted;
- Those who have complicated cardiopulmonary problems or other active cardiac conditions, such as recent myocardial infarction, unstable angina, uncontrolled hypertension or arrhythmias, severe symptomatic valve disease, or recent bypass surgery.
Be cautious: Airline passengers who require oxygen are typically not permitted to bring their own onboard. Oxygen concentrators may be permitted, but check with individual airlines first.
Aside from the physical conditions mentioned above, some mental disorders may also make commercial air travel unsafe. These include dementia, Alzheimer's disease or schizophrenia. While traveling during the early stages of these diseases can still be enjoyable for patients and caregivers, long-distance air travel becomes more dangerous and difficult as the diseases progress. Indeed, abrupt environmental changes can result in wandering behaviors and can be difficult to manage in the absence of proper medical assistance.
How can an air ambulance help?
Medical Air Service provides high-quality medical care to US citizens when it is most needed. Our air ambulances are used to transport injured or sick patients over long distances or out of remote areas in an efficient, comfortable, and timely manner. They are stocked with lifesaving materials and tools, such as medical devices and monitors, as well as highly trained medical personnel, in order to sustain a patient’s life while they are transferred to one of the world's top hospitals or other desired destinations.
So, how exactly do we assist people on a daily basis?
When our medical flights are called in, they are always ready to pick you up. Because of our global network of agencies, airlifting takes less time, allowing you to arrive at a medical facility faster and with fewer in-flight complications. Similarly, we have qualified personnel on board who can assist you throughout the flight. Another interesting characteristic of our air ambulance services is that they can be chartered at any time of day or night. They are a reliable resource and something you can count on when you need to get from point A to point B safely.
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