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At MedFlight911, we offer this promise to each and every one of our valued clients: "Our Service Begins with You."

That means from the moment you call our office we will:

  • Go above and beyond to help and serve you.
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  • Take care of every detail so you don't have to.
  • Act as your partner and advocate throughout the process.
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medflight911 planning an airambulanceHow Planning an Air Ambulance Trip is like a Rubik's Cube

One of the most common questions we receive at MedFlight911 is, "What does an air ambulance cost?" In fact, this is one of the most searched questions on Google about medical transportation and with good reason. Everyone knows medical costs can be high and it is always difficult to understand what exactly is covered by insurance. That is why we are here. We are experts in organizing and scheduling air ambulance trips. However, even with that expertise, what exactly an air ambulance trip will cost is still not an easy question to answer.

There are many issues and concerns that go into planning a medical transport trip. In many ways, planning an air ambulance trip is like solving a Rubik's Cube. There may be multiple solutions, but ultimately there is only one correct answer and conclusion. All the colors, or in our case, patient, caregivers, pilots and a plane must line up exactly.

The cost of an air ambulance trip is based on several factors – cost of the airplane, fuel costs, staffing and equipment. Many of these costs are additionally based on where the patient is located and their ultimate destination. While we work diligently to keep costs economical, it is important to remember that when arranging for an air ambulance trip, you are essentially chartering a private plane and hiring private staff for the duration of the trip.

The nursing staff works shifts of 7-14 days on call, moving from airport to airport location across the country as needed. They are not working for two weeks straight without a rest, but they can be moved as needed during that period of time to be ready for a trip. The pilots are legally bound to fly no more than 10 hours in a 24-hour block of time. This means, on long flights, the pilot often needs to be replaced. Add in maintenance expenses for the plane and fuel costs, both of which we have no control over, and you begin to see how complicated planning and pricing can be. These complications are exactly why you hire MedFlight911. Planning trips like this is what we do every day. We have gotten very proficient at the Rubik's Cube!

We would love to speak with you in more detail about our planning. Contact us for a free, no obligation medical transport quote, at 888.359.1911.

 

How an Air Ambulance is Like a Car. And, How it Really Isn't

medflight911whenisanairambulancelikeacarWhen you provide medical transportation for a living, you have medical devices to maintain. The biggest and easily most expensive "device" to maintain are air ambulances. In many ways the costs you experience with an air ambulance are similar to those you experience while maintaining a car; in many ways, the costs are nowhere near similar.

While maintaining a vehicle, you commonly incur the following costs: a monthly payment or as it is called with an air ambulance, a mortgage payment, insurance, annual inspections, fuel, tires and other part replacements. Air ambulances are commonly Lear Jets. These airplanes are popular because they have longevity, if maintained properly they can be used for decades or more, and their parts are still readily available. This doesn't mean they are inexpensive.

A Lear Jet can commonly cost several million dollars and its parts are priced accordingly. Recently, a plane needed a windshield replaced. A new windshield cost close to $70,000. Another plane required a device certified to receive the contents from an onboard lavatory. This device cost $25,000. In addition to the high costs incurred when a new device is required, that plane is then out of commission and not earning money while being fixed.

Another time planes are out of commission is during inspections. Aircraft undergo four types of inspections: A, B,C, and D. A and B checks are lighter and shorter inspections while C and D are more time consuming checks. An A check is performed every 500-800 flight hours and can be performed overnight, while a B check is every 4-6 months and takes 1-3 days. A C check is performed approximately every two years. This check is much more extensive. The plane is effectively disassembled and every part is examined. This check puts the plane out of commission for 1-2 weeks, can require up to 6,000 man-hours, and can cost up to $200,000!

As you can see, maintaining an airplane is similar and very different than maintaining a car. We take care of all these concerns so you don't have to worry! And always, our biggest goals are to make your travel with us safe, comfortable and as economical as possible.

To find out more about our air ambulance transports and for a no obligation medical transport quote, contact us at (888) 359-1911.

Air Ambulance Worldwide

air ambulance worldwideMedFlight911 offers air ambulance worldwide services to ensure a safe return when you're ill or injured far from home. Accidents do happen, and traveling to other countries does leave the door open for ailments that your system isn't prepared for, even if you get pre-trip vaccinations. That's why it's best to be prepared with an air ambulance service that can safely and quickly get you back home for treatment. When you're hurt or sick, you need privacy and personal attention. You'll get both when you rely on MedFlight911 for medical transportation.

We have a small fleet of turbo prop aircraft and dedicated jets that have been outfitted with the most current medical technology to ensure thorough medical care during transport in our air ambulance worldwide. We know that every case is different, so MedFligh911 has air ambulances that are equipped for basic and advanced life support as well as a critical care transport ambulance. We evaluate each case individually to determine which ambulance will serve you best, putting our top EMTs, paramedics and flight nurses at your disposal to provide quality professional care during transportation. MedFlight911 also strives to make the trip cost-effective and affordable.

MedFlight911 is the Leader in Air Ambulance Worldwide

At MedFlight911 our service begins with you. We go out of our way to make what is usually a traumatic and difficult experience the easiest it can be. Whether you or a loved one require air transport for a critical condition or simply need basic medical attention when transferring from one facility to another, we have the team and the equipment for your support. Our specialty is providing an air ambulance worldwide, but we also offer support on the ground with long-distance ground transports to get you or a loved one safely to medical assistance quickly. Wherever you are in the world, MedFlight911 is there for you.

Fixed Wing Air Ambulance

fixed wing air ambulanceWhen you rely on MedFlight911 for emergency medical air transport, you'll have not just one fixed wing air ambulance at your disposal, but an entire fleet. All of our light, medium and heavy jets as well as our turbo props are medically configured and equipped with the latest medical gear to ensure quality care and your safety during transport. Lear jets, Citations, Gulfstreams and more -- count on MedFlight911 to provide the size of aircraft and the equipment necessary for your situation, no matter what the medical emergency.

A fixed wing air ambulance is essentially any plane with unmoving wings, one that has been outfitted as well as -- and sometimes better than -- any metropolitan emergency room. Depending upon what your needs are, we have the airplane to accommodate you. We not only take into consideration your physical condition and medical needs, but also take into account who you're traveling with. That means that, in addition to basic and advanced life support and critical care transport, we'll also provide an air ambulance large enough to carry you and your family or traveling companions home or to a treatment facility.

Fixed Wing Air Ambulance and Ground Travel with MedFlight911

With MedFlight911's bedside-to-bedside service, we consult with medical professionals on both sides of your journey. This ensures that you get the best possible care and service during transportation, and that your treatment will be seamless. MedFlight911 also has a worldwide presence, so no matter where you are when the need for a fixed wing air ambulance arises, we'll be there with the appropriate aircraft that has been properly equipped and staffed. From simple convalescence to critical medical conditions, our nurses, EMTs and paramedics have the experience and the training to treat any patient. Medical emergencies far from home may not be pleasant scenarios to think of, but when they do arise, think of MedFlight911 first.

Medical Travel

medical travelGood ambulatory services can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency situation. Medical travel has come a long ways in the last few years, especially when that medical travel has to be done via air. If you get hurt or sick somewhere that is far away from the correct kind of care you need to be able to get to the right hospital quickly. An air ambulance might be the only way to save your life at that point. It can be difficult to make sure that you are using the right company for your medical travel, which is why at MedFlight911 we care so much about ensuring your safety and health while you are travelling with us.

When most people think of an air ambulance they have pictures of life flight or helicopter wilderness rescues in their head. However, not all medical travel is done this way. Imagine that you are simply in a small town that is relatively far away from a hospital that specializes in trauma. Maybe their life flight covers your town, maybe it does not. You are not in the wilderness, so a volunteer search and rescue force will not do the trick, what you need is an air ambulance.

Call MedFlight911 for Compassionate and Caring Medical Travel

When you contact us our first response is to figure out how to get you the help you need. Whether you are dealing with us directly or a case manager at the hospital is taking care of your air ambulance needs, we are committed to making the process as easy as possible. You need to focus on getting better, something which you cannot do if you have to make dozens of arrangements to get to the hospital. At MedFlight911 you come first, and our job is to get you to the care that you need.

Patient Transporter

patient-transporterWhen a hospital has done all in their power to take care of a patient and needs to send that patient somewhere else for continuing care it can be a difficult time, both on the patient and on his or her family. Patient transporter services can be difficult to navigate, especially if you are going through that hospital's own service. If you think hospital billing practices are difficult to understand, just wait until you get their bill for transport. Patient transporter services should be simple, affordable, and easy to deal with. At MedFlight911 we believe that serving our clients is the most important thing that we do.

Everyone has emergency situations pop up in their lives from time to time. However, patient transporter services are always a serious thing to deal with, and they are simply a unique situation, every single time. Because these services are always tailored to the patient, you need to be an active part of what goes on when you or a loved one needs to be transported for medical reasons. You need to be apprised of the situation, whether it is an emergency or a scheduled transport, so that you can make the decisions that are needed to give the patient the best care possible.

MedFlight911 is the Experienced and Caring Patient Transporter

At MedFlight911, this philosophy is internalized at every point of patient contact. From the first call you make, we want to ensure that you or your loved one is given proper medical care. You need an advocate throughout the entire process, and we are here to ensure that your needs are thought of. We go the extra mile, above and beyond what other companies are willing to do to ensure that you have a good experience with your patient transporter services. At MedFlight911, you, the patient come first.

Air Ambulance Companies

air-ambulance-companiesIf you've never needed medical transportation services, you probably aren't aware of the number of air ambulance companies out there. While it may be comforting to know that there are services available if you need them to safely transport you home or to a care facility, you want to select the right air ambulance services. Not all air medical escorts are the same, and MedFlight911 is proud to be the medical transportation company that stands out from the crowd.

Our focus is on patients and their families. We've seen families, patients and even insurance companies get the short end of the stick when dealing with air ambulance companies that don't have their priorities straight. Our professional, caring team supports patients and does everything possible to make the difficult process of air or ground medical transportation simple and stress-free. MedFlight911 treats patients like we would want our loved ones treated in the same situation. Everyone on our team has the proper credentials and experience to care for you or your loved one when a medical emergency arises far from home. Our registered nurses, paramedics and EMTs are also required to continue their education every year to ensure they're prepared for any and all medical situations.

Looking for Experienced Air Ambulance Companies?

Emergency medical transportation isn't a need that anyone would chose to have to deal with. Accidents happen, though, and illness is a reality everyone has to confront, even when away from home. The best way to be prepared for a medical emergency in these cases is to know that, out of all the air ambulance companies available, MedFlight911 is the medical transportation service that goes the extra mile to ensure professional, safe transport. We offer our transport services worldwide, so whether you're overseas or just across the continent, MedFlight911 has the most efficient and affordable way to transport you safely and comfortably.

 

 

What You Need to Know About the Flu Vaccine

Staying healthy with MedFlight911It is that time of year again - flu season. As medical providers, we deal with sick people on a daily basis. It is incredibly important that we remain healthy and able to take care of our patients at all times. Not all illnesses can be avoided, but with a little dose of prevention this season you may be able to avoid getting sick.

Our number one recommendation is to get the flu vaccine. Last flu season, nearly 60% of the flu cases reported to CDC were people between the ages of 18 and 64. Even the healthiest people can get sick and the flu vaccine can help you avoid one illness.

Facts about the flu shot

Who should get the flu shot? According to the CDC, everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine. Although the vaccine is updated annually, overall it has a very good safety track record. You are in more danger of getting sick from the flu than from the vaccine. It is particularly important to get the vaccine if you live with some who is high risk of complication from the flu. High-risk groups include infants, children, pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities or underlying health conditions.

How should I get the vaccine? The vaccine is currently available in a traditional shot or in a nasal spray called the FluMist. The shot is approved for anyone older than 6 months, with a special high dose shot for people over 65. The nasal spray is approved for healthy people ages 2-49 with the exception of pregnant women. This year the CDC is recommending that children should receive the nasal spray since it covers all four influenza virus strains and should offer the best protection for this age group.

When can I get the vaccine? Now. The flu vaccine is already available. Unlike in previous years, this year there is no shortage of the flu vaccine. And sooner is better so get your shot as soon as possible.

As with any cold and flu season, your best preventions also include: washing your hands, getting plenty of sleep, eating well, and taking vitamins.  Our goal is always to help our patients be safe and healthy. We hope these facts help you make an educated decision about the flu vaccine!

To learn more about our air ambulance services and to receive a no obligation medical transport quote, contact us at 888.359.1911.

What Air Plane Seat is Your Favorite? Planning an Air Medical Escort Trip

Last weekChina2014 14 on the blog, we discussed a new type of plane that would make flights for our clients with air medical escorts more enjoyable. As a medical transportation company, we are always traveling whether it be air ambulance, medical motor coach, or on commercial airliners. One fact that never changes, regardless of the type of medical transport, advanced planning is a must.

When we travel on commercial airlines as an air medical escort, we prefer to sit in first class. This preference isn't due to the luxurious surrounding or the better food, although our patients enjoy both, it is because the first class surroundings allow us to provide better care. The wider seats make positioning our patients easier. In addition, the increased proximity to the restrooms and the on plane medical equipment make our care more efficient. When patient's families fly with us, we prefer they also sit in first class since the airlines limit movement between classes. Buying multiple tickets together can be tricky and that is why we begin planning the minutes our contract is signed.

A recent infographic from the UK shows the extent airline passengers will go to simply to get a preferred seat. 8% admit to flirting with the ground crew, while another 5% flirt with other passengers in an attempt to move seats. 5% pretend to be celebrities. 10% of people even admit to physically shuffling others to get to a seat! We are pleased at MedFlight911, that our expertise and planning, we have never needed to flirt to get our patient a seat. Advanced planning while working with airline's medical departments has always led to comfortable and safe flights for our clients.

To find out more about our air medical escort services, call us at 888.359.1911 for a no obligation medical transport quote.

A Plane with a Different View

a-plane-with-a-different-view-medflight911-air-ambulanceAt Medflight911, when we provide medical transportation, our patient's safety and comfort are our biggest concerns. So, we are always on the look out for ways to increase our patient's comfort level while on commercial flights. We are familiar with the all the airlines and know where to sit on each plane to increase our patient's comfort level. This can be particularly important on international flights or when a patient's medical needs require certain seating arrangements.

Unfortunately, commercial airlines are increasingly looking for way to decrease costs, often at a detriment to the flier's comfort. Who could forget the standing room only seats recently patented? Add in devices like Knee Defenders, and the friendly skies are sometimes not that friendly.

So, we were pleased to hear about a new type of airplane in the works that may help airlines decrease costs while increasing fliers' comfort. The Center for Process Innovation, a British technology research company, announced plans for windowless fuselage. Since windows are a source of "unnecessary weight" on passenger aircraft removing them will reduce fuel costs.

What does The Center for Process Innovation intend to put in place of the windows? Thinner, solid walls will be installed, containing OLED touch-screens extending the plane's entire length. Exterior cameras will enable the touchscreens to display views from the outside. Images will move as patients tilt their heads and passengers can chose which side of the plane they are "looking out." No more missing views of the Grand Canyon because you are on the wrong side of the plane! The screens will mimic the light changes associated with sunrise and sunset to help with jet lag. In addition, the touchscreens will also allow passengers to select entertainment options and call for stewardess service.

You can't buy tickets just yet. This new fuselage technology is still a decade away. In the mean time, we will continue to provide care to our patients while traveling in the only way we know how – with the upmost concern for their safety and comfort.

For more information about our air medical escort services and how we can help you fly safely, contact us for a no obligation medical transport quote at 888-359-1911.

 

Photo credit: The Center for Process Innovation

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