There are many different types of medical transport available in the United States. There are ground, chopper, and fixed wing modes of medical transport. **For long distances(more than two or three hundred miles), a fixed wing air ambulance transport is usually the best means of travel.
The are a few different reasons that an individual might need a medical transport. For instance, patients who are confined to their beds must travel in an ambulance(or stretcher van in states where it exists) or an air ambulance.
If a patient can sit up and needs to travel by air, the patient can go on a scheduled Part 121 carrier if they are in good enough condition to do so. Part 121 commercial airlines also provide oxygen with anywhere from 2-10 days notice, depending on the airline. There are also medical escorts from private air ambulance companies, such as flight nurses and flight paramedics, that can accompany the patient on a Part 121 commercial flight.
There are some organizations that provide standards and also benefits for the medical transportation industry. The following are two major ones:
Campts – The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems
AAA – The American Ambulance Association
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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.