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Air Ambulance What is an Air Ambulance?

Air Ambulance is an emergency care airline service that is equipped with all lifesaving equipment, ventilators, defibrillators and a specialist team of doctors. It is used to  transport critically-ill patients from one city or country to another. They are also called as Aeromedical Evacuation or simply known as Medevac.

Types of Flight Ambulance services:

There are two types of flight ambulances services which are as follows:

  • Fixed-wing flight ambulance and
  • Rotary-flight ambulance
Fixed-wing flight ambulances mainly include airplanes such as jets which are apt for long-distance travel and best suited for medical evacuation and repatriation of patients. The second type being the rotary flight ambulance that includes helicopters used for rescues and apt for shorter distances. These are typically used in remote and offshore areas including oil and gas installations.

 Why Air-Medical transport service is used:

Air medical transport services are very popular globally and are used extensively:

  • To provide critically ill patients urgent medical care
  • To reach remote locations that are not accessible by road and
  • Mountainous regions and places that lack medical facilities
Airlifting of patients is the only feasible option in remote areas. This is due time saved- especially when the life of a patient who is in a critical state and needs medical attention. Emergencies can occur anytime. The capability of an air ambulance service provider that is specialized in air transfer also provides ground transport, arrange hospital in the destination city (country) and get required ground clearances for the air plane .

How much does an air or flight ambulance service cost?

The air ambulance fare varies from country to country. The costs associated with the air medical evacuation services are calculated as follows:

  • The distance between one place to another
  • Number of people accompanying the patient
  • The type of urgency
  • Patient’s health condition
  • Landing and logistical charges for an air ambulance to land at an airport
  • Miscellaneous charges (Ground ambulance charges, hospital booking, visa and certain other permits)

What is the process of air ambulance?

Usually, there are 6 steps involved in the process of booking air medical evacuation services for emergency medical care. They are as follows:

1). Contacting the air ambulance service provider (by phone or any other means): When a need for urgent medical evacuation arises,a distress call is made on phone or an email sent.

2). Preparation of the medical report: A health report, which is a written document is prepared by the doctors at the request of the patient’s situation stating the patient’s condition and severity of the case.

3). Sending report to the Medevac team: The patient’s medical report gets sent to the Medevac team as part of the process after which the patient will be assigned with a designated travel doctor to establish the flight needs of the patient

4). Get a quote for the medevac: The facilitator will then engage their network of flying ambulance services to obtain the estimate and provide  to the patient.

5). Hospital estimate: Once the estimate is prepared, a well experienced air ambulance facilitator will contact a good hospital at the  destination, based on the condition of the patient.

6). Other requirements: Besides the above requirements, a few other issues to be borne in mind is the visa availability for the patient and companion to the destination country, ground ambulance to receive at the airport,  tarmac clearance for the ground ambulance etc.

An experienced air ambulance service provider can organize all details required for the transport of a ill patient from one country to another.

Is there any alternative to Air Ambulance?

In cases where the patient has time, and is short of funding, air stretcher is an alternative to air ambulance. Though not as convenient as an air ambulance it is almost at 40 – 50 % of its cost. In this case permission is sought from commercial airlines to accommodate a stretcher on a scheduled flight. Depending on the situation, the airline removes a few seats and converts it into a stretcher accommodation.

Not many airlines do this but majority of the large airlines support in this task.

Why Anavara?

We, at Anavara, make the process of air ambulance travel simple and straightforward by helping your loved one get transported from the tarmac of the airport to the hospital of the country of your choice so you don't have to worry about a thing, all at an affordable price.

To discuss our service in detail and get a free quote, contact us at [email protected] or send a text to +971 50 4602676. Anavara assures a response within 1 hour.
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