A critical care flight nurse specializes in caring for patients during air travel. He or she is trained to provide critical care to patients with a diverse assortment of medical conditions or needs. For patients who do not need emergency care, such as offered by air ambulance, a critical care flight nurse with a medical escort service is exactly what the doctor ordered!
With the rising number of medical escort services available, here are some questions that will help you choose a critical care flight nurse service for yourself or a loved one.
“What Are Your Qualifications and Competencies?”
When choosing a medical escort service, ask for a referral. Your doctor or hospital may be able to provide you with a list of reputable companies offering medical escort services. Do your research. How long has the company been in business? What type of reviews are available? Does the company have a 100% safety record? Are the flight nurses fully trained and experienced in flight physiology and the changes that occur in medically compromised individuals at altitude? Do the nurses currently practice in the field of emergency or critical care medicine, and are they certified in ALS and BLS?
“What can I expect from your service?”
An expert medical escort service will take responsibility for every aspect of travel. Flight arrangements, hotels, ground transport, medical devices such as oxygen or suction, medical clearance with the airlines, communication with the facilities, both sending and receiving, if applicable, and arrangements for family members to travel with the client, if that is desired. A medical escort service will take the stress out of moving a sick or injured loved one and handle all the details.
“What kind of patient can your service transport?”
A well-seasoned, experienced medical escort service can transport a wide variety of clients, including stroke, ventilator dependent, orthopedic injury or debilitation, mentally or psychologically compromised, the elderly, and many others. Those clients who are cleared for flight by their attending physician are candidates for medical escort services.
When you find yourself in need of critical care flight nurse services, Flying Nurses International will be ready to assist you. We are on call 24/7, and have over 24 year of experience caring for our clients in the air, and a 100% safety record. Please contact us at 808-521-1333 or visit our website at www.flyingnursesintl.net.