Air ambulance flights for Coronavirus patients

It has already been more than a year since the Coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic. Vaccination efforts are underway in many countries, but Covid-19 is still influencing our everyday lives in numerous ways. Travel has been restricted, but in a globalized world, many people still visit foreign countries for business reasons, to visit relatives, or to go on holiday.

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But what if you catch the Coronavirus while staying in a foreign country? The clinics on-site are already operating at maximum capacity and most patients trust their domestic healthcare system more anyway. Language barriers and the longing for support from friends and family can reinforce the desire to return home.

Even if you don't have any symptoms but have to quarantine because of a positive test, you might feel trapped in a small hotel room and want to get back home. In other words: in case of a Coronavirus infection, the question of an air ambulance flight to one's home country arises rather quickly.

Is a Coronavirus patient fit to fly?

Due to the high risk of contagion, a patient with suspected or confirmed Coronavirus is not allowed to travel on a scheduled flight. Only an air ambulance is suitable in such cases. Aboard an air ambulance, an experienced flight doctor looks after the patient, using equipment that is similar to the machines in a modern intensive care ward. Before starting to plan the air ambulance flight, our medical team checks the patient's health condition and decides then if the patient is fit-to-fly. After confirming that the patient can be transferred, your patient transport will take place. There are a few measures that have to be taken in order to transport a Coronavirus patient: A flight doctor will be responsible for the medical safety on board the air ambulance. In order to ensure this, our doctors will use state-of-the-art medical equipment.

Air ambulances are available worldwide. They can not only use the big commercial airports, but also smaller regional airfields. Hence, they can transport the patient close to the admitting hospital, so that only a short ground transport is necessary. An air ambulance can usually be made available on the same day or the following day.

Of course, the patient has to be fit to fly for a successful flight in an air ambulance. The accompanying doctor checks the medical documentation beforehand and makes the decision whether the patient can be transported safely.

How do we isolate a patient in an air ambulance?

In order to avoid infections, coronavirus patients need to be transported while they are completely isolated. In order for us to do this, the air ambulance is fitted with a modern isolation device. The patient has a comfortable and safe spot where he or she can lie down. Since there is a negative pressure in the device, the virus cannot leak out. The ventilation system ensures the patient’s supply of oxygen and does not allow the virus to spread with the used air.

Through some different ports, the flight doctor can take necessary medical measures, when needed and can thus ensure the best medical treatment of the patient while also ensuring the safety of all accompanying people.

What if the patient doesn't have any Covid symptoms?

Many countries require Coronavirus tests for every traveller coming from abroad. Usually, you have to take the test before your flight and are not allowed on board if your result is positive. Instead, you are required to go into quarantine, even if you are symptom-free. However, there is a way for patients without symptoms to return home without violating quarantine restrictions: you can rent a private jet.

In a private jet, you travel on your own, so you don't risk infecting your fellow passengers. There won't be any cabin crew, and the pilots won't enter the passenger cabin either. This way, you can travel safely and comfortably. Of course, your transfers to the airport and to your home are also conducted in accordance with the local quarantine laws. Hence, a private jet is the ideal solution for Coronavirus patients with no symptoms.

Coronavirus: What does an air ambulance back home cost?

Under the right circumstances, your travel insurance will cover the costs of an air ambulance flight back home. Many insurance companies cover the costs if a sufficient treatment is not possible on site. Only a few travel insurances also cover the costs if a treatment on site is possible, but better results can be expected at home.

If your insurance does not cover the costs, you can also pay for the air ambulance yourself. In this case, private service providers like Medical Air Service can provide you with a non-binding individual quote.

For a calculation of the costs, we consider the flight distance and the necessary aircraft type. Furthermore, the number of accompanying persons and the urgency of the request play an important role.

Your air ambulance with Medical Air Service

We organize your air ambulance flight as quickly as possible. Our ambulance jets transport patients with Coronavirus and provide a safe flight home. We will take care of the entire organization process, provide you with all necessary ground ambulances, and coordinate all pickup and departure times. You can always rely on our vast experience and our international network.

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