When you or someone you love is in need of air ambulance services, the last thing you want to do is wait. And while delays for medical transport are not ideal, or common, they can happen. The important thing is how you and the ambulance air medical team work together to handle the situation, allowing you to stay calm and focused in the event that your aircraft experiences delays.
Typically, delays with air ambulance services happen while the aircraft is still on the ground. Emergency landings or mechanical failures while in the air are very rare. It is more likely that a delay is caused by a maintenance check prior to takeoff, which could put the plane behind schedule for patient transport. Another common scenario is stopping to refuel on longer flights, during which time a mechanical issue may need to be addressed.
But you and your loved ones are not helpless during delays. There are several things you can do to prepare yourself for scheduling issues with your chosen air ambulance service:
- Make sure the medical flight company has backup aircraft
- If necessary, find out how long it takes for a replacement ambulance aircraft to be deployed
- Inquire ahead of time about any potential stops during your flight
- Ask about any delays the company has experienced in the past, and how they were handled
- Check in with your air ambulance medical company frequently for updates
Once you’ve established a high level of communication and trust with your air ambulance medical team, you can relax knowing they are doing all they can to ensure your safety and well-being throughout the delay and beyond.
At iLife Flight, you can be sure your air ambulance medical team is ready for anything. Our state-of-the-art aircraft are all licensed by the Federal Aviation Authority, and adhere to FAA safety regulations. The iLife Flight medical staff are trained and certified specifically for air service and the unique situations it presents. Contact an iLife Flight Medical Flight Coordinator 24 hours a day at (800) 538-9875 or contact us online.