Medical air transportation needs vary. There are times where getting a patient airlifted is a life or death emergency, and there are other times when the only concern is getting a stable medical patient from one location to another safely and comfortably. Patients like these cannot fly on commercial airlines because, as with patients who are in dire emergencies, they require medical attention during the flight
The levels of medical air transportation differ depending on the medical needs of the patient. Here is an overview of these different levels of transportation.
Basic Medical Life Support Services
Patients who are stable, but still need constant medical care need basic life support during a medical flight. Aircraft that serve these patients are equipped with cardiopulmonary machines, oxygen and breathing support, and a stretcher approved by the FAA.
These flights have flight-certified paramedics and nurses ready to serve the patient. These specialists perform basic medical care like taking blood pressure, tracking a patient’s heart and monitoring his or her IV line.
Advanced Medical Life Support Services
More advanced medical life support flights are suited for stable patients who require a slightly more involved level of care. In addition to the basic life support services, an advanced medical air transport flight includes cardiac defibrillation equipment, equipment to open and stabilize airways, and the ability for IV lines to be inserted.
The doctors, paramedics and nurses on board these flights must be specifically trained to handle the issues of the patient flying with them. They must be adept at handling anything that occurs during the flight.
Critical Care Medical Services
Critical care flights employ the highest level of care and equipment. Flights such as these can be thought of as flying hospitals in that the staff on board offers emergency care, and the flight is equipped with the highest level of medical apparatus and supplies.
Whatever care is required, you can be certain that our medical staff is ready to handle it during our Learjet flights. The planes accommodate up to five passengers as well as the patient. Each jet has the ability to stay airborne for approximately 4 to 6 hours. Crews are medical professionals with significant hours of experience flying on medical airplanes.
Each staff member meets the proper level of FAA training. These professionals also have the added experience in handling patients, serving as lifeguards, as well as managing cockpit resources. These professionals also meet OSHA guidelines and have the ability to make aeronautical decisions.
Make sure the staff is trained well and is properly outfitted to help you with your medical air transport needs. It does not matter whether you need a medical escort for added peace of mind, or you are in need of immediate critical care. If you are unsure about which of the above detailed levels suits you, do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Our specialists are ready to assess your needs and help you make the best flight choice for those needs. You can read additional information about air medical transport services by visiting HonorFlags at http://honorflags.com/transport-services/