Air Ambulance Service Gets Patients to the Specialized Care They Need
Imagine this: A woman suffers a serious heart attack, but her local hospital isn't equipped to provide the treatment she needs. So she must be flown via air ambulance to a facility where there are experts in cardiac care. With the help of an air ambulance provider, she's quickly moved to the other hospital and gets the life-saving care that helps her recover and return home to her family
That's the kind of situation that air medical transport companies like MedFlight911 deal with all the time. Each day, air medical transport helps to save lives by connecting people to the care they need. In fact, more than 500,000 patients are transported via either fixed-wing or rotor-wing air ambulance every year. That's more than 1,000 transports every day.
At MedFlight911 we’re proud to be part of a long tradition of air ambulance service. Since it was introduced in the 1920s – when militaries around the world began using helicopters to transport wounded soldiers – air medical transport has become an increasingly important part of our healthcare system. To get a sense of the role air ambulances have in helping people access healthcare, consider these facts:
- The first civilian air ambulance service was established in Australia in 1928, to provide critical medical care to people living in remote outback areas. That service – the Royal Flying Doctor Service – is still in existence today.
- Over 4,000 pilots, 600 physicians, 5,000 nurses, and 5,000 EMTs/paramedics staff rotor-wing and fixed-wing air ambulances in the United States.
- Hospitals are becoming increasingly specialized. That means that best-in-class traumatic brain injury care, or cancer treatment, or pediatric heart surgery, for example, is concentrated at a few specialized facilities. That’s a good thing in the sense that it provides patients with the best highly specialized doctors, nurses, and other resources. But it also means that unless the patient happens to live near that specialized facility, she’ll need air medical transport to get her to the care she needs.
So air medical transport plays a crucial role in getting people around the world access to the medical care they need. At MedFlight911, we're proud to be part of the community of people, including doctors, nurses, EMTs, and pilots who are committed to providing the best possible care to patients. We go to work every day knowing that our actions make a difference in people's lives. That's a good feeling, and it motivates us to do everything we can to provide exceptional care to the patients who we serve.
You can find out more about our air ambulance services in our earlier blog posts, or go ahead and give us a call at 888-359-1911 or get a no-obligation transport quote here.