An evacuation of a patient to a hospital to where they can be treated is a life flight. Patients are transported around the country and worldwide for a variety of reasons. For instance, many patients who need a special surgery or treatment need to be sent to a hospital that can treat them. Sometimes even organs are flown to hospitals for organ transplants. Yet it is usually the patients that are transported.
Both helicopters and airplanes are used for these types of evacuations. For emergencies, helicopters are used if they are within range and able to travel the route. Helicopters usually can travel between 500-800 kilometers or 310-500 miles at the most.Although they are more expensive than airplanes, they are often used for emergencies because of their ability to land closer to hospitals.
Many of the missions that are completed for a life flight are done with airplanes that are rigged and set up with intensive care units onboard. Middle of the night transplant patients that need to travel to hospitals are included. There are also patients who may be in a city or country that does not have a sufficient standard of care or facilities. Trauma patients are taken to a hospital that can help them.
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I would like to thank everyone involved from turning a potentially difficult experience into an enjoyable one. My mother,Mary, and I enjoyed the flight, and the flight nurse, was terrific. He really allayed all our fears, and we felt perfect confidence in him.
The pilot and first officer were also wonderful and instilled great confidence in us. All in all, it was a marvelous trip and we can’t thank you enough!!!
This letter commends the efficiency and professionalism of your organization during the recent transport of our aunt, Lisa Cordero, from New York City to Cleveland. The flight crew was courteous and helpful. Your flight coordinators were exceptionally competent in arranging a quite difficult transfer.
Where we have had frustrations with lawyers, bankers, and doctors, we had only the most ‘can do’ attitude from all of your staff. We have recommended your service to a colleague and will continue to do so without hesitation.