WHY CHOOSE OUR SERVICE
Aeromedical transport is a specialty. Air ambulance transports fulfill a medical need for the emergent evacuation. During the recovery phase of an illness or a catastrophic event, many patients can be safely transported on a commercial airliner with the assistance of a skilled, licensed flight nurse. When it comes to a patient's post-discharge or transfer needs, many facilities do not have an established travel assistance program. The results of minimal clinical expertise in assessing a patient's transport needs are often unnecessary hospital stays and increased costs. Some patients or organizations have unnecessarily resorted to private air ambulance companies at an exceedingly high and unjustified cost. More often, patients requiring flight care are traveling home with family members who are medically untrained with little or no aeromedical transport experience. With over 20 years of commercial flight experience, we can offer an appropriate evaluation to determine how to safely transport your patient to their desired destination.
HOW WE CAN ASSIST YOU
Let us take the planning initiatives out of your hands and into ours. With our team of advanced practice registered nurses, we will evaluate, make recommendations, and assist you and your health care team in implementing the transfer process. We coordinate all ground and commercial airline transportation from bedside to bedside. Safety is our FIRST priority. We are very conservative in our approach and feel confident that our safety priority is being met.
OUR SCOPE OF CARE
We assist patients with restricted ambulation and orthopedic injuries. We care for behavioral health disorders and neurological injuries. We administer supplemental oxygen and provide for complex respiratory needs. Many of our patients require full transfers from bed, to chair, to aircraft seat. Intravenous hydration, intravenous medications and oxygen therapy can be administered in-flight. Numerous patients require fully dependent care and may be limited in communicating their needs.
Flight Nurse with oxygen and ventilator patient
HOW OUR PATIENTS TRAVEL
For safety reasons, patient comfort, and respect for other passengers, we require that our patients travel in the first class or business cabin. Our nurses travel in economy when not traveling with their patient. For long distance travel, most often associated with international transports, stretcher services can be evaluated but are rarely offered by airline carriers. Stretchers are uncomfortable for the patient, offer little privacy, and are costly and generally not advised. As an alternative, some international carriers offer first class seats that lie flat. Requesting a stretcher may also alarm the airline that a passenger is less stable than they desire to transport. We will discuss all appropriate options with you.
Stretcher ground transport to First Class reclining seat.
LET US DO THE PLANNING
Contact us by phone, email or our website Transport Inquiry Form. We generally can be ready to travel within 48-72 hours dependent on patient needs and flight availability.
We will review the patient's medical requirements with you to determine if our service of commercial transport is appropriate. Next, we will put together a preliminary quote for your consideration. If we feel the patient is not quite ready for transport due to such things as mobility or oxygen impairments, we will advise you how to prepare your patient.
Initiating the transport planning
When you wish to proceed you will need:
The family and healthcare team in agreement, a receiving facility identified along with a proposed date of travel. From there, you will work with one RN Flight Coordinator.
The Coordinator will do the following
HOW YOU CAN HELP US, HELP YOU
Preparing your patient
OUR MEDICAL TREATMENT PLAN
Medical treatment is administered under the direction of the discharging physician's medical orders. Medications are prescribed and dispensed by the sending facility in accordance with these medical orders. Fitness to Fly and Airline Medical Clearances are obtained from the discharging physician and the medical department of the airline carrier. In-flight emergency treatment is performed in accordance with the American Heart Association Basic Life Support standards.
We are eager to offer any information that we may have in assisting you with this complex and timely process. We are available 7 days a week and can be ready to travel within 48-72 hours dependent on patient needs and flight availability.