Saturday, December 08, 2007

Mile High Medical Care

The internet is like a box of chocolates… you never know what you’re going to get.

Today I stumbled into a website for air ambulance services. It’s not something I think about much – I mean, I know there is such a thing as “air transport” but I guess I never realized the need for such a service.

Obviously, if someone is experiencing a major emergency, an ambulance or a helicopter will be called in to transport the patient. In some cases, an airplane will be used – but these instances are rare.

However, air ambulance services are available to patients who need basic medical care, or patience who are bedridden. Air ambulances are equipped to care for patients who require the needs of an ICU (Intensive Care Unit) or a CCU (Coronary Care Unit).

Of course, in addition to having the equipment needed to care for the patients who choose to use air ambulance services, the medical flight teams can also include flight physicians, registered nurses, flight paramedics, certified respiratory therapists, and EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians).

Air ambulance services can be somewhat costly, and not always necessary. In some cases, a Caring Flight Escort Service is available that can save customers up to 40% off the cost of private air ambulance service.

I am grateful that no one in my family requires this type of service at this point in our lives, but I think it is amazing that technology now allows for this kind of care outside of a typical hospital setting.



Blogger Dianna said...

I've been on two calls where we called air care. One for ATV man and the other for a girl who fell off a horse. I've considered going into that field, but I'd be afraid of air accidents!

7:02 AM  

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