A Rising Demand for Air Ambulances
At MedFlight911 air ambulance, we've said goodbye to 2012 and have welcomed 2013 with open arms. One of our resolutions this year is to keep providing the best possible air medical transport services to patients and their families, as well as to be there to meet what seems to be a rising demand for the type of services we provide.
As the world becomes more connected, and people travel more frequently, global demand for air ambulance service is increasing, according to a recent report in The Financial Times. The global number of emergency helicopter air ambulances has grown to nearly 2,000 in 2012, up from just over 1,500 in 2007. But that's nothing compared to the spike in the number of fixed-wing air ambulances. Today, there are 40% more fixed-wing air ambulances than there were five years ago – a total of 575 around the world.
What's behind the increase in the overall advanced air ambulance fleet? It's hard to say for sure, but we think there are a few possible causes. The Financial Times points to increased demand for air ambulance services in Asia, South Africa and Australia. The changing landscape of global healthcare could also play a role, with people demanding access to high-quality healthcare services, whatever their location. In addition, people are simply spending more time on the move, which means that they're more likely than ever to need long distance medical transport back to their home at some point. That's the kind of service that MedFlight911 offers our patients.
With our air ambulance services, we're able to transport patients across the United States and around the world, using dedicated jets or turbo prop aircraft with skilled, experienced medical crews. Our team handles all types of cases, from convalescent care to extremely complex, critical situations.
In addition to air ambulance services, we offer:
Ground medical transport services. For non-emergency situations, we can provide ground medical transportation in medically equipped motor coaches (again, with our skilled medical team seeing to patient's needs). This is a cost-effective option for those who don't need a dedicated air ambulance.
Air medical escort services. For patients who don't need an air ambulance but do need assistance getting from point A to point B, we offer air medical escort services. One of our trained medical professionals (a paramedic, critical care nurse, or physician) accompanies the patient on a domestic or international commercial flight, providing medical and hygiene support along the way.
We hope 2013 is a happy and healthy year for you and your loved ones. But if you do need medical transport, MedFlight911 is able to help, whatever your situation and wherever you are!
To find out more about MedFlight911's air medical escort services, give us a call at 888-359-1911 or get a no-obligation air ambulance quote here.