Case studies

For weeks, the world has been worrying about the developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in India. After weathering the first wave rather well, the Indian health care system is on the brink of collapse during the current second wave. This also causes problems for many international enterprises from Europe or the USA: Many of them have ...

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Last week we were able to prove that we are literally there for our patients in all weathers. A Mongolian diplomat was in poor health and was in a hospital in the state capital Ulan Bator. Since his relatives felt that the medical care there was not adequate, he was to be transferred in an ambulance plane to Seoul, South Korea. Keeping a ...

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Last week, we fulfilled an assignment for a German hospital. A patient from Bucharest needed to be picked up from a hospital in the city and flown to Germany. The particular issue with this mission was that the patient was suffering from acute respiratory failure and therefore required extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). In such cases ...

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Cricket is extremely popular in many former Commonwealth countries and has become a national sport in some countries. Players who have represented their countries at the world championships are greatly revered. We were recently able to organise a transfer flight for just such a celebrity cricketer. He had played for his country at two world ...

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Complications during pregnancy are probably the greatest fear of any pregnant woman. In such cases, competent medical care is necessary to ensure the health of the mother and the child, which unfortunately cannot be provided all over the world. This is what occurred for a family in Guyana, South America. In the 28th week of a complicated ...

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We recently organised an ambulance flight for a real VIP. A well-known British director of documentaries and Oscar-winning feature films had fallen ill in London. However, his family wanted his medical treatment to continue in Los Angeles, his second home. Mission preparation In view of our patient's serious medical condition, our flight ...

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COVID-19 – also known as Coronavirus – has spread throughout the world in the last few months. Unfortunately, the healthcare systems of some countries are not equipped in such a way that all patients wish to place their trust in local treatment. Instead, some patients with COVID-19 decide to take an ambulance flight to another country where ...

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Pneumonia can, in some cases, be life-threatening. Therefore, a businessman who was resident both in Egypt and the United States wanted to book an ambulance flight when he fell ill with pneumonia in Cairo. In Atlanta, his second home, he hoped for significantly better treatment outcomes. Two things were particularly important to him for his ...

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When vital medical treatment is needed by a family member living abroad, many relatives want their loved one to receive further treatment close to them, so they can provide their family member with emotional support. To achieve this, long journeys for the patient are often unavoidable. This was the case during a recent assignment of ours ...

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Working for a British shipping company, we were recently able to demonstrate our worldwide operational readiness. One of the company’s ships was travelling across the Indian Ocean when a crew member suffered a stroke. Particularly in cases of stroke, rapid medical assistance is vital. As the nearest civilian port was too far away, the ship ...

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Most travel insurance policies that include health cover offer medical repatriation in medically necessary and sometimes also medically reasonable cases. Some insurance companies carry out the patient transport themselves, but many insurers prefer to rely on the experience and expertise of private providers like Medical Air ...

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Last week, Medical Air Service organised a medevac flight to York, the UK, for a British man who suffered a cardiac arrest while on holiday in Ibiza. Our English and Spanish repatriation service immediately contacted doctors at the Can Misses Hospital in Ibiza after receiving a call from his family, to clarify the patient’s medical condition ...

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On a holiday in Venice, an 81-year-old American woman had a serious accident which resulted in multiple bone fractures. She was admitted to a trauma department at a local hospital. Her husband contacted Medical Air Service’s repatriation service to ask us to organise urgent repatriation to Austin, Texas, for his wife. Since communication ...

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Patients from Asia or Africa frequently take long-distance flights to the UK for medical treatment if they cannot guarantee good treatment in their home country. Medical Air Service recently had to arrange such a trip. An 83-year-old Indian woman broke her hip in a fall and had to undergo an immediate operation. Since high-quality medical ...

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We recently took a patient from Pakistan, who had cancer, by intensive care transport from the UK back to Lahore. Following the operation and months of treatment at a specialist hospital in Newcastle, the patient returned home, where she would continue to receive medical treatment. In the run-up to the air ambulance flight, our medical team ...

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Last week, we received a request for an air ambulance flight from Faro, Portugal: a British citizen asked Medical Air Service to arrange the quickest repatriation possible for his 70-year-old wife. During the couple’s holiday in Portugal, she had fallen and broken her hip. She was in severe pain and only able to move with a great deal of ...

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Last week, the team of the Medical Air Service organised transport for a patient who was being relocated to his home country Wales. Given that the patient was in very critical condition, the transfer was only able to take place under medical supervision in an ambulance jet equipped for intensive care.  Following an in-depth medical ...

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Family environment and the familiar setting of one’s own home are often the determining factors when deciding against stationary rehabilitation treatment. This is why many relatives and patients opt for outpatient care in the comfort of their own homes after a hospital stay. Last week, our team provided support in form of a patient transfer ...

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Recumbent patients in a stable condition may find that the transport on board a scheduled flight is a cost-efficient alternative to an ambulance jet. The relatives of an elderly patient decided on this mode of transport from Düsseldorf to Chicago. Instead of the usual seat rows, there was a private section with a stretcher built into the back ...

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When it comes to urgent air ambulance flights, it is crucial to take swift yet measured action to ensure a fast but safe patient transfer on board the aircraft. We received such a request not long ago when we were asked to transport a patient from the United Arab Emirates to a medical appointment from Geneva (Switzerland) to Seattle (USA) ...

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Options for sophisticated medical treatment in Africa are limited. Since many African countries have a poorer standard of living than we enjoy in Europe, and less developed infrastructure, people who become ill while on holiday in Africa often receive worse treatment there than they would in a more developed country. In addition, there is the ...

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In the case of slight injuries which do not require to any extensive post-treatment, patients often express the desire to be treated in their native country. In order to structure the convalescence as pleasantly as possible in such a disagreeable stay in hospital, the patients appreciate the proximity of their next of kin. To bridge the ...

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After a severe stroke and subsequent pneumonia, the next of kin of a 70-year-old man requested that we implement a patient transportation from Athens to Germany. Since, in the case of older patients with strokes, the motor-function system is often damaged, many next of kin decide on rehab treatment in Germany. Extraordinarily high standards of ...

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Once again a call for help reached our team from Medical-Air-Service last weekend from the very popular vacation destination of Mallorca. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, older folk use the chance to escape the cold and wet season in Germany. The island of Mallorca, which is one of the Balearic Islands, is especially popular in this case ...

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