If you have a loved one who is suffering from a serious injury or medical condition and needs to travel over 250 miles to another medical facility for care, that is where an air ambulance comes into play.
#1 Air Ambulances Are for Special Medical Needs
Air ambulances are used to transport patients who have special medical needs that can only be taken care of at a specific facility. For example, a burn victim that needs to be moved to a regional burn center, or a cancer victim suffering from a rare form of cancer that is treated at a limited number of facilities nationwide.
Air ambulances are also used to transport elderly individuals for medical care for whom using commercial means of travel would not be healthy. For many elderly individuals, commercial air travel can be stressful and takes an extreme physical toll on their wellbeing. Commercial air can also expose an elderly individual with a weak immune system to a variety of germs. Air ambulances are a clean, sterile, and low-stress way for elderly individuals to travel to get the medical care they need.
#2 Passengers Are Allowed on Air Ambulances
Generally, when you pay for an air ambulance to transport your loved one, you can accompany your loved on the flight. Most air ambulance carriers will allow one to two passengers to come with the patient for no additional cost.
The number of passengers who are allowed to come with the patient depends upon the medical needs of the patient, the number of medical personnel who are needed to transport the patient, the specific aircraft that is used to transport the patient. The air ambulance company should be able to tell you how many passengers can come with the patient when you book the transportation services.
#3 Luggage Space Is Limited
The amount of luggage that can be brought into an air ambulance for the patient and passengers is very limited. Most air passengers will allow you to bring a total of one to two carry-on sized suitcases or bags, as well as personal items, such as a purse. Luggage space is limited as there is usually a significant amount of medical equipment on the flight, limiting the extra weight that can be brought on the aircraft as well as free space. Many air ambulances can forward items for you to the area where your loved one is being transferred.
Air ambulances can help you transport a loved one long-distance for necessary medical care. Usually, one to two passengers can accompany the patient on the flight, as well as a limited amount of luggage. For more information, contact your local medical flight service.