Why Medical Evacuation Is Needed in Aviation

    Why Medical Evacuation Is Needed in Aviation

    Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC)

    Sometimes, we find ourselves in unfortunate situations such as accidents, or any sudden medical emergency where our lives may be at risk, during travel for instance. In times like these, medical evacuation may be necessary and an air ambulance might just be the best option for that service.

    “It’s transfer from one hospital to another for emergency medical treatment. Medical evacuation doesn’t happen when you break your leg and just want to come home. Rather, it’s coverage to get you to a better hospital or to your hospital of choice back home when you need ongoing, inpatient care for a serious illness, injury, or other medical condition.

    Sometimes, we travel to amazing places off the beaten path where the medical care isn’t always great, meaning: lack of proper medical specialist for your condition, insufficient equipment, or substandard quality of care. When that happens, medical evacuation moves you from a facility that is inadequate to a hospital that is better suited to give you the most appropriate care.”

    Originally found at http://www.oncallinternational.com/blog/what-is-medical-evacuation/

    A patient is helped off a Canadair CL604 "Challenger" from the Swiss Air Ambaulance Rega during an evacuation simulation from Zurich to Geneva after Rega's annual news conference April 3, 2008. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
    A patient is helped off a Canadair CL604 “Challenger” from the Swiss Air Ambaulance Rega during an evacuation simulation from Zurich to Geneva after Rega’s annual news conference April 3, 2008. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

    Different types of ground, air and water transportation are employed to carry med-evac teams. Air ambulance companies may offer several options for effective and appropriate medical care before or after hospitalization is provided. Even so, the responding medical personnel, the facilities and equipment to be used, vary according to the particular need or medical condition.

    For emergency situations in areas that are difficult to reach, or have limited access, air ambulance services are used. These may be private and/or chartered jets hired directly by patients or agents. “MEDEVAC”, “aeromedical transportation”, “air evacuation” and “life support flight” are a few term which refer to these types of operations, since they may vary per state.

    “Under an international health insurance plan offering an emergency evacuation benefit the policy coverage for the benefit will ensure that, in the event that there are no medical facilities in your current location able to provide adequate treatment options, that you will be evacuated to the nearest center of medical excellence in order to undergo care.

    Emergency air transportation is a part of emergency evacuation. In order to receive necessary treatment in places with low standards of medical care you will have to be transported to a secondary location. If this transportation occurs via an airplane or helicopter this is called an Emergency Air Evacuation. However, not all emergency evacuations will occur via air transportation; an Emergency Ground Evacuation refers to the instances when you are evacuated via a land vehicle, such as an Ambulance.

    Some policies providing an Emergency Evacuation benefit will also allow for a Repatriation option, however this option may not be contained on all Ecuador Health Insurance plans. A Repatriation Benefit under Emergency Evacuation coverage will give you the option of being transported to your home country to receive ongoing medical treatment, rather than being evacuated to a medical facility which may be closer to the location in which you suffered from the accident or illness in question.

    However, it is important to note that Repatriation coverage under Travel Health Insurance plan will be slightly different from the benefit associated with an annual expatriate medical insurance policy. Generally a Travel insurance Repatriation Benefit will ensure that, in the event of a trip curtailment due to an accident or illness, the traveler will be transported back (repatriated) to their home country.

    Under an Emergency Evacuation Coverage Benefit it is not possible for the policyholder to request an evacuation: the evacuation will typically only occur when it is a recommended course of action by the treating doctor at the medical facility you have been admitted to, and is agreed upon by the insurance company. Any decision to perform an Emergency Medical Evacuation will be considered in light of medical necessity, and the ability of the treating healthcare facility to provide appropriate levels of medical care.”

    Originally found at: http://www.pacificprime.com/questions/what-is-the-definition-of-emergency-evacuation-and-repatriation/

    During these emergencies is when a person may really need air medical services or an evac. These situations can strike any person at any point in time. How the process works and how long the flight takes is the real question when you are having a medical emergency and may need a service like this. Find out more information on air medical transport on this website.

    “The rest of the process would look something like this:

    1. Our in-house medical team consults with your treating doctor and conclude that you’ll need a transport to New Delhi—the closest city with the appropriate level of orthopedic care to treat your broken pelvis.
    2. On Call works with your employer to gather all the documentation and information that is necessary for your transport and receiving hospital admission. Depending on a traveler’s             location, this could include passports, social security card, visas and health/travel insurance information.
    3. On Call will arrange for an in-flight medical team and an appropriate aircraft from our network of accredited air ambulance providers—in the case of your broken pelvis, there would be a nurse and paramedic to continue your treatment, monitor vital signs and perform pain management for the duration of your flight.

    Note: all of our air ambulance transfers are staffed with certified medical flight personnel. Before you depart, they will need to take duty rest, which is a mandated break in between flights. This is not only for your health and safety, but for your transport teams’ as well.

    1. On Call shares the air ambulance itinerary with your authorized contacts (employer, family members etc.) as well as the treating and receiving medical facilities.
    2. You arrive in New Delhi safe and sound, so you can receive the appropriate treatment for your broken pelvis; and last but not least: you’re thankful that you had On Call because a medical evacuation, depending on the location, can cost tens of thousands (or even hundreds of thousand!) of dollars out of pocket!”

    This typical example of how medical evacuation happens was seen on: http://www.oncallinternational.com/blog/travel-assistance-101-how-a-medical-evacuation-works/