Air ambulances function in the same capacity as ground ambulances, with distance being the key difference between the two: longer trips require the speedy transport capabilities offered by air ambulance aircrafts. When a medical flight is required, it is necessary to plan ahead and charter a flight through a professional medflight company. This can seem like a daunting task when you’re already faced with a critical illness or injury, but proper planning is essential to ensure you or a loved one obtains appropriate emergency transport services in a timely and organized manner.
The most efficient way to arrange a flight for medical transportation is to directly contact a professional, certified air ambulance company that is available 24/7. When speaking with a flight coordinator, they will most likely request the following details:
- Age, sex and condition of the patient
- A copy of their latest medical report
- Number of escorts that will be required to accompany the patient
- Name and telephone number of the treating doctor
- Insurance information
Once you receive a quote for the flight’s cost, the flight coordinator and other employees will begin organizing your specific flight, medical staff, equipment, and any necessary ground transportation. This is typically a fairly quick process, and flights can leave in as little as 12 hours after the initial phone call.
Some questions you may want to ask the flight coordinator:
Can relatives ride with your loved one?
For family, medical ambulance flights can be a nerve-racking proposition; however, most air ambulances allow at least one person to ride along with the patient since it relieves your stress and that of the patient’s.
How will the patient’s health be monitored?
A medically trained professional should be with your loved one for every step of their transfer. From one hospital bed to another, and throughout the entire flight, a qualified flight nurse or other medical personnel that is certified for air transportation should be tending to the patient.
What type of air ambulance aircraft will be used?
You want the fastest flight possible, so make sure to ask about the jet being used and whether any stops will be made along the way. The best companies use the most reliable air ambulances, so it’s wise to do your research.
International LIfe Flight provides round-the-clock service to determine your specific air ambulance aircraft chartering needs quickly and accurately. Our Flight Coordinators happily work with you to organize every last detail, from insurance to ground transportation to extra passengers. Call International Life Flight at (800) 538-9875 or visit us online to learn more about our state-of-the-art air ambulances, expert medical staff, and bedside-to-bedside services.