Advantages of Air Ambulance over a Commercial Airplane
Speed and appropriate en route medical care are of the essence when a critically ill or injured patient has to be transported from one hospital to another for treatment. That’s when the patient’s family, in consultation with the treating physician, should consider medical air transportation. Medical air transport becomes essential when the patient has to be transported over long distances and travel time must be minimal due to the urgency of the situation.
If the patient and family selects medical air transport, they will have to decide if the patient transfer can be accomplished using commercial airlines, or if it’s best to secure a private air ambulance provider. Many commercial airlines provide special travel arrangement programs for patient transfers; however, it may not be sufficient for critically ill or injured patients.
Patients in critical condition may need advanced life support and/or other specialized medical equipment during their transfer. A trained medical team that can provide specialized care to the patient during air travel would be necessary. These types of special accommodations and medical attention may not be provided by commercial airlines. The airlines also have policies and regulations that restrict some types of patient transport due to the presence of regular passengers in their commercial aircraft.
That’s why a patient’s family should consider hiring an air ambulance services provider. Medical air transportation via an air ambulance offers several advantages over a commercial airline aircraft.
The advantages hiring an air ambulance for patient transfers:
- Minimal travel time – Transferring a critically ill or injured patient from one destination to another as fast as possible is essential when the destination is hundreds of miles away or across countries. An air ambulance jet flying at nearly the speed of sound and at high altitude means the patient will get to the destination as fast and safe as possible.
- Dedicated medical equipment – An air ambulance has been converted to contain specialized medical equipment such as critical care and advanced life support. An air ambulance’s dedicated medical equipment can provide the best possible monitoring and treatment for patients with various medical conditions during the flight.
- Trained medical staff – An air ambulance provider is required to provide a skilled and trained medical staff that would usually consist of a registered nurse, paramedic and respiratory therapist, and a physician, if the patient’s condition will require a doctor on board the flight. An effective provider will only employ a medical staff that is trained to provide the highest care possible to the patient during a flight mission.
- Experienced flight crew – An effective air ambulance provider has a flight crew that has the experience and skills to successfully fly aircraft that have been converted specifically for medical air transportation. The provider will also ensure that their flight crew is trained to effectively communicate and interact with the medical team, airport personnel and other departments to ensure a smooth flight for the patient and family members.
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