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The Services & Program Offered By an Air Ambulance

Most of the air ambulance services consist of the transfer of the patient from their home to the health care facility that will receive the patient. It means that even the ground transfer from the home of the patient to the location of the air ambulance, it will be all included in the services of the air ambulance. You can also expect that the receiving health care facility is also advised of your transfer so they will be ready in receiving you. If the case of the patient will need a more critical care, most of the air ambulances are fully equipped to handle patients who are in critical, unstable situation. They will also be accompanied by the highly skilled and trained medical professional. Family members who want to go and accompany the patient during the flight will depend on the aircraft that will be used, also the number of medical staff on board. But if in case the aircraft can carry a family member, they can do so free of charge. The provincial air ambulance program performs medical evacuations, known as medevacs, to individuals requiring emergency care as well as non-emergency patients when a road ambulance or commercial flight is unsuitable due to a patient’s condition, duration and distance of patient transport and geographic location. Patient transports normally take place within the province, however, out-of province patient transports may occur if the required medical services are not available in this province and the patient is unable to travel by commercial flight. An emergency air ambulance program has been in place in this province since the early 1950’s. At that time single engine float planes were used to transport emergency patients to the appropriate medical facility. Today, there are two King Air 350s which provide dedicated air ambulance service to the entire province and are located in St. John’s and Happy Valley Goose Bay. A Twin Otter is also located in Happy Valley Goose-Bay but mainly services the Labrador region. If these aircraft are unable to provide air ambulance transport, charter aircraft are utilized. In addition to the fixed-wing aircraft noted above, five helicopters which are on contract with the province are used to perform a number of trips, including medevacs from remote areas which cannot be reached with a fixed-wing aircraft. These helicopters are located in the Gander, St. Alban’s, St. John’s, Pasadena and Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Private charter services are also used when provincial aircraft are not available. How to Access Service The referring medical facility requests an air ambulance to transport a patient between medical facilities. The Air Ambulance Coordinator located at the Medical Communication Center in St. John’s screens the request to ensure that the patient’s needs meet the air ambulance criteria. Originally seen at http://www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/findhealthservices/ambulance_services.html Air ambulance after the storm All emergency air medical services that will respond after the storm will need to be ready for the entire emergency situation that may arise after the storm. All the medical staff and flight crew should […]

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