The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been a top story making headlines lately, with much media focus on the care that infected individuals are receiving. Another issue of concern has been the transportation of Ebola patients and how many are largely relying on air ambulance, in particular Americans being brought back to the United States.
The patients, American doctors and aid workers, became infected while trying to render aid to the local populations there. What some might know is that these individuals were flown from Africa to the United States on aircraft specifically designed to serve as airborne ambulances.
In medical emergencies such as the Ebola outbreak or events like it, air ambulance can prove to be a life-saving form of transport to patients who need it most. Outfitted with special equipment and gear such as ventilators, monitoring units, CPR equipment, stretchers and the like, air ambulance aircraft routinely transport ill or injured individuals both domestically and abroad.
Some air ambulance flights are equipped with trained medical staff to offer in-flight care, while others are simply for the purpose of transport.
The concept of air ambulance can be traced back to various military maneuvers, including World War I, when the practice significantly helped reduce mortality rates. For long-distance travel, fixed wing aircraft currently proves to be the most popular air ambulance option for patients.The first cited instance of established air ambulance services for civilians was developed in Canada and soon after, the first air ambulance operation in the United States was formed in the late 1940s.
Air ambulance provides emergency transport, but is also available for non-emergency transportation as well. Sometimes, as is the case with many of the Ebola patients, governments will develop contracts with an aircraft charter company.
All pilots are held to high standards, but air ambulance pilots must meet even higher experience requirements because the conditions of air ambulance flights can be much more challenging than those of non-emergency flights. In the last twenty years, the Commission on Air Medical Transportation Systems along with the United States government has raised the bar on accreditation and flight requirements for air ambulance. In fact, this is what led to the provision that require air ambulance companies to own and operate their own aircraft. Because of this, some air ambulance organizations will charter aircraft on a case-by-case basis to ensure that each mission’s specific needs are met.
Air ambulance aircraft are equipped with a wide variety of medical instruments and other gear. Some are able to provide advanced life support care while others are fitted with more routine medical supplies. Staff must be highly trained, not just in the medical field but also in the areas of aviation medicine, physiological developments and how to handle gases at high altitudes.
The environment on air ambulance aircraft is most often dictated by the type of air operation taking place. Air ambulance staff members are typically more skilled than the average emergency medical technician, who are trained to read x-rays and interpret lab results while planning and consulting with physicians as well as making split second decisions during flights.
The aircraft used to transport the American doctors from West Africa to Atlanta’s Emory Hospital were specially outfitted G-III business jets. Equipped with special cargo doors, these are essentially intensive care units featuring the Spectrum Aeromed Life support System to ensure patients get the best care during air travel. These particular G-III planes are the only two of their kind in the world equipped with custom cargo doors for easy embarking and debarking of patients on stretchers accompanied by life support systems.
Jet Charters is committed to any and all transportation needs that our passengers may have, including those that arise in emergency medical situations. Through our network of carefully vetted operators, Jet Charters can connect passengers with a variety of air ambulance providers to meet your unique travel needs.
Some of our operators specializing in medical air transport include Emergency Airlift in North Bend, Oregon, and Life Guard International in Las Vegas, Nevada. Both of these providers feature state of the art aircraft for quick and safe transportation and employ veterans of the medical field including nurses, doctors, pilots, and various specialty care providers.
Our goal is match our clients with the flight that gets them to their destination comfortably, quickly, and safely. Flying via private jet charter might seem like the most obvious choice for business travel or for that weekend pleasure trip. But there is another side to our services many people haven’t considered. At least not until their life is on the line.
Whatever medical situation you might find yourself or your loved ones in, our operators have you covered. If you need quick transport to a provider for immediate care, or simply a safe flight home under the watchful eyes of medical specialists, our elite group of operators are more than up to the task.
To learn more about Jet Charters air ambulance operators, visit http://www.jetcharters.com/air-ambulance/. Operators are standing by to assist you!