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Medical Flights: A Guide


There are two types of medical flight, and so it is important to be aware of what the differences are so that you can arrange the right one if you ever find yourself in a situation where you or somebody that you know has a health-related problem and needs to travel. Emergency medical flights will involve arranging an air ambulance that will see emergency services pick up and move patients to and from healthcare facilities and accident scenes while non-emergency medical flights involve those with non-emergency issues flying on a commercial flight. Read on to find out everything that you need to know about medical flights.

Which To Use?

An air ambulance needs to be arranged if the medical situation is serious and an emergency, but it is important to be aware that this can be hugely expensive. If it is not an emergency and the individual simply requires assistance and possibly treatment during the flight, then a non-emergency medical flight is a good option, but it is important that you schedule medical travel well in advance so that plans can be made. A non-emergency medical flight is much more affordable than arranging a private plane because you are essentially paying for a seat on a typical commercial flight along with the services of a registered nurse who will assist each step of the way.

Common Reasons For Non-Emergency Medical Flights

There are many situations where you might need to arrange a non-emergency medical flight. These include:

  • Somebody with a health issue going on holiday

  • Someone with an injury travelling for treatment

  • Relocating ageing parents with mobility issues

  • Someone experiencing a non-emergency health problem on holiday and needs help returning home

Essentially, a non-emergency medical flight can be arranged for anyone with mobility issues, an illness, injury or disability who needs assistance when traveling and this can be provided door-to-door.

How It Works

When you arrange a non-emergency medical flight, you will use a flight coordinator who will come up with a strategy to help you or the person that requires assistance from door-to-door and take your specific health problems and concerns into account. You will be assisted by a registered and experienced flight nurse that will be able to execute the plan, provide support and give treatment if required. The nurse might help with carrying luggage through the airport, helping to reduce anxiety, getting the best seat on the flight and administering medication if required. The coordinator will handle aspects like ground transportation, booking flights and accommodation and alerting the airline so that the entire process will be streamlined and stress-free.

Medical flights are important and you need to be aware that it is not just air ambulances that are available when it comes to medical travel. A non-emergency medical flight arranged by a flight coordinator and executed by a flight nurse can be a brilliant way for anyone that needs support and assistance on a commercial flight to get where they need to go.

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