In the case of slight illness or injuries which do not require intensive-care, medically-equipped ambulance aircraft, the next of kin of our patients often refer back to the low-cost alternative of a scheduled flight with accompanying person. For that, a few rows of seats in the rear part of the aircraft on a normal scheduled flight are replaced by a recliner with medical equipment. To guarantee privacy, this area is then screened off with curtains and is accessible to the accompanying person during the entire journey. The patient under medical supervision benefits from a qualified medical support team during the flight, which can provide fast assistance at all times in case of emergencies.
Last weekend, the next of kin of a male patient sick with cancer decided on this type of patient take-back. Because the condition of the patient was stable, they could be transferred under medical supervision by means of a Lufthansa aircraft to Frankfurt International Airport. As well as organizing the patient to be transferred, we also provided a flight-medical trained doctor along with a rescue assistant, in order to permanently monitor the condition of the patient and in order to provide for his welfare. After a five-hour flight from Jeddah, we completed the take-back with the transfer to the ground department in Frankfurt.