Don't Go It Alone: The Advantages of Flying with an Air Medical Escort
It seems like almost every week, there's a story in the news about a medical emergency on board an airplane – there's a sick passenger, a diverted flight and a lot of inconvenience for everyone involved. Many of these incidents are unavoidable. Sometimes, a person just happens to have a heart attack or stroke while in flight. But other emergencies could perhaps have been prevented if the person had chosen to fly via an air ambulance or with an air medical escort.
The MedFlight911 air ambulance isn't just familiar with these types of in-flight medical emergencies from news stories, but because members of our team have often been called upon to help sick or injured passengers. Take a recent incident that one of our air medical escorts experienced. He was getting ready to board a flight so that he could go meet the person he needed to escort. But another passenger happened to collapse in the jetway while boarding the plane. Our escort ended up performing CPR and providing other assistance until the airport's emergency response crew arrived. He was happy to help, of course, but the incident did result in him missing his originally scheduled flight and having to take a later departure.
Everything turned out fine in the end, but that incident was an example of the ripple effect that these medical emergencies can have, affecting not only the sick or injured person, but everyone around them. Again, these situations are often simply unavoidable. But they do seem to be happening with increased regularity. We suspect there are a few reasons for that. One is that more people are flying, including more sick people. Air ambulances can be expensive, and some people can't or won't pay for that type of long distance medical transport. In other cases, people may overestimate their ability to get around independently or convince themselves that they're healthier than they really are. Sometimes, people are just rolling the dice, hoping that nothing goes wrong when they or a sick family member is in transit.
At MedFlight911 air ambulance, we understand that arranging transportation when you're sick or injured can be difficult. If you've been hurt on vacation, for example, you probably just want to get home as quickly as possible, and that may lead you to get on plane by yourself when you really shouldn't. But in reality, the choice isn't necessarily between an expensive advanced air ambulance flight and traveling unaccompanied via a commercial airline. You can also hire an air medical escort – a trained medical professional who will make sure you get to where you need to be and also help see to your medical needs.
Hiring a single person to fly with you is a far more budget-friendly option than chartering an entire air ambulance. For people who could benefit from medical assistance and attention but don't need the support of a fully-equipped air ambulance, the air medical escort can be a personal solution. Not only will it make the trip easier, it will also provide peace of mind, since you'll know that if something happens to you in flight, someone is there to help you. Best of all, you won't be crossing your fingers as the flight attendant gets on the loudspeaker and asks, "Is there are doctor on board?"