For patients who need to be quickly transported to a hospital or medical facility at a faraway location, air transportation is often the best option. Depending on the stability of a patient’s medical condition, there are two different options: a private air ambulance service or a medical escort service. Each of the services provides the patient with medical care and ensures that they arrive safely at their end destination.
For those patients in critical conditions that are not able to sit upright for long periods and are unable to easily move themselves from one point to another, a private air medical service is the best option. At International Life Flight, every air ambulance is equipped with acute life support capabilities as well as two qualified and experienced medical professionals, typically a flight nurse and a flight paramedic, who are available to provide you with lifesaving care should an incident occur while traveling. Each plane can travel at a speed of up to 550 mph, transporting you to your medical facility as quickly as possible for treatment. On board each plane is a life support system, which includes the following:
- Med-Pac or Life Port reclining medical beds
- Cardiac monitoring
- Invasive hemodynamic monitoring
- IV infusion pumps
- Pulse oximetry
- Emergency medication
- Defibrillation with pacing capabilities
- Advanced airway management
If you are a patient in stable condition that is able to sit and stand freely for extended periods of time, you may be a candidate for a medical escort or flight nurse. This is a suitable alternative to an air ambulance for approximately 70 percent of patients who do not have a critical illness. Individuals choosing this option fly commercially in the first class cabin of the aircraft. The flight nurse will assist you through security and will make sure that you arrive at the gate for boarding in a timely manner, which makes the transportation process much less stressful. Once aboard the flight, the flight nurse will make sure that you have everything you need to travel safely and comfortably, and will monitor you throughout the flight to ensure that your condition remains stable.
If you require air medical service, whether it is a full service air ambulance or a medical escort, trust in the professionals at International Life Flight. We work for you to deliver a first class experience, coordinating the entire transportation process, including transportation to and from the airport. For more information on air medical service, please call International Life Flight at (800) 538-9875 or contact us online today.