Snow, Ice, and Political Unrest: When the Unforeseen Affects Your Air Ambulance Trip
Holiday travel is stressful enough, and when you add weather into the mix, it can quickly turn into a nightmare. When you need an air ambulance, the idea that a blizzard, ice storm or even political drama (such as the recent tensions over Chinese airspace) could prevent you from getting to where you need to be is just an added source of anxiety. While we can't control the weather at MedFlight911 (though we wish we could!), we do have systems in place to help manage the unforeseen events that sometimes throw the best-laid plans into disarray.
When it comes to dealing with the unexpected, our experience is our greatest asset. Because MedFlight911 has arranged hundreds of domestic and international air ambulance flights, we know how to manage both the routine and less routine events that can complicate an air medical transport. For instance, there was the time we coordinated a high stakes air ambulance trip from Ukraine to the U.S., where freezing weather and the patient's serious medical condition made the flight especially complicated. Or the time we had to deal with some requests for special documentation on a flight from Brazil to the United States. While most flights are fairly routine, these incidents pop up often enough that it's important for us to have systems in place for handling the unexpected, whether it's weather or some other problem.
When the weather takes a turn for the worse, we may be forced to delay an air ambulance trip. In those cases, we start working to arrange alternative transport options as soon as we begin to suspect that weather may be an issue. If we see that a big weather system is moving in, we may try to schedule an air ambulance transport before the storm arrives. Or we may delay the transport until after the storm passes. Usually patients understand our concerns and don't mind waiting if it means they can be more confident they'll arrive at their destination without incident. Whatever our ultimate decision, patient and crew safety is always our highest priority.
But what is the problem doesn't have to do with weather? Navigating potentially tricky situations around the globe when arranging international air ambulance flights is one of the biggest challenges we face. Obviously, political turmoil and civil unrest are possible concerns. But we also need to think about simple cultural differences and language barriers. In those situations, MedFlight911 often relies on expert handlers to help us navigate cultural sensitivities, processes, and procedures—even translation. For example, on a recent trip to Beirut, Lebanon, we turned to our handler, who helped us throughout the process, even helping us book hotel rooms. It's just another example of the services MedFlight911 offers for passengers who need an international air ambulance.
There's a proverb we often think of when life throws a wrench into our plans: "The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry." Whenever that happens at MedFlight911, we don't waste time worrying about what could have been. Instead, we start working right away to find a solution that works for our patients.
Are you interested in learning more about MedFlight911's international air ambulance services? Give us a call at 888-359-1911 or get a no-obligation air medical transport quote here.