Five Tips for Planning an Air Ambulance Flight

Posted on Thu, Dec 21, 2017

If you’re traveling for medical tourism, or your local healthcare providers aren’t prepared to offer the speciality care that you’re seeking, then you’ve probably thought about traveling via air ambulance to make your journey as safe and comfortable as possible.

Planning an air ambulance flight can seem daunting. However, a reliable air ambulance provider will help you through each step of the process. In order to help your provider supply you with the best care possible and ensure your own peace of mind, here are some tips for planning an air ambulance flight.

Identify Your Destination

Whether you’re shopping around for the best prices on treatment or you seek specialized care, it’s important to find the best destination to offer you the care you’re after. Air ambulances capable of international travel mean that patients are no longer restricted to limited regional healthcare. Speak with medical professionals about where the best care is available and read patient experiences online in order to find the best destination for you.

Research Air Ambulance Providers

The air ambulance you choose to fly with is almost as important as the doctor you choose to receive care from. Here are some questions to ask before committing to a particular air ambulance:

  • Is the company accredited? A reliable air ambulance company will be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS), which regulates and oversees medical transport providers.

  • Does the company have the aircraft I need? Depending on the distance that you plan on traveling, different types of aircraft will be appropriate. A good air ambulance provider should have a wide variety of aircraft to match a patient’s needs.

  • What level of clinicians and providers will travel with the patient? AMR Air Ambulance provides a critical care nurse and a respiratory therapist on every flight. More specialized providers may travel with the patient in certain cases.

Prepare Important Documents

As a patient, it is critical that you provide your chosen air ambulance service with all the relevant medical information. Without this information, your air ambulance will not be able to give you the best care possible.

Beyond medical documents, it’s important to check that your passport is current and to apply for any required foreign visas well in advance. Assembling these documents well in advance and keeping them with you at all times will ensure that your air ambulance experience goes as smoothly as possible.

Pack Appropriately

Air ambulances have to carry lots of medical equipment in order to monitor a patient’s condition and respond to any medical emergency that might come up. This means that there is limited room for luggage, so it’s important to pack the essentials as efficiently as possible.

Besides the documents previously mentioned, you’ll also want to pack appropriate clothing for the medical care that you’re going to receive as well as your favorite snacks, books and other entertainment. Regarding clothing, many healthcare providers will indicate what sort of clothing the patient should bring. Typically, loose-fitting clothes that allow the body to breath and can be taken off without irritating an incision site are recommended for surgery. Regarding snacks and entertainment, even if you’re just traveling in North America, your destination probably won’t carry the same products that you’re used to back home, so it’s important to stock up.

Arrange Ground Transportation

An air ambulance can only take you from one airport to another. It’s important to find qualified ground transport to take you to and from the terminal. Often times your air ambulance provider will arrange this transportation for you, but it’s important to speak with them beforehand so that you receive the most seamless care possible.

Flying by air ambulance can seem like a daunting undertaking at first, but with proper planning, your trip can be totally free of stress.


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