Do you need to transport a patient who happens to be your dear one over a commercial flight towards another part of the country for better treatment available there?
If yes, then this is the right article for you. You have made the calculations in your mind, the travel via land routes in your car is too risky and stressful. In fact, you are looking for some better way to move the patient from your home to the airport. The transportation via the train is also ruled out. So the commercial flight is the right one for you. This air ambulance is the savior for you.
What to do?
- Consult the doctor treating the patient and get a Fit to Fly certificate.
- Contact the medical assistance wing of the aircraft at least two weeks in advance and book the tickets for the travel.
- Contact VMEDO to book an ambulance at the ground level from your house to the airport and from the airport to the medical facility where the treatment is to begin.
There is a list of documents one needs to make this process hassle-free:
First things first, one needs to consult the doctor who is currently treating the patient and check if they are medically stable to travel via aircraft, since the factors of flying include a reduced level of oxygen and pressure drops and increases- these must not have side effects for the patient. The doctor needs to give a Fit to Fly Certificate for the medical transportation of the patient.
What is this “Fit to Fly” Certificate?
This certificate is the most important required here in the process. As the name indicates this certificate gives an indication that the patient is fit to fly in the aircraft and there are no side effects expected from this travel. This certificate is also called the MEDIF certificate.
What does the Fit to Fly certificate contain or entail?
- This needs to be provided by a trained physician.
- Needs to consider all side effects of the travel via air, potential risks associated with it and provide details entailing the details of the condition of the patient.
- The certificate also mentions if there is a need for medically trained personnel and medical equipment that needs to accompany the patient.
- Also, the need for additional oxygen masks and cylinders needs to be mentioned if required.
- Medical history of the patients and known ailments and medication for the same needs to be provided.
- If there is a requirement of a defibrillator in the flight for mid-air emergency. There must also be a qualified doctor present there if this has been mentioned.
This certificate also needs to be duly signed by the patient or the next of kin in case the patient is not in a position to do so.
Once the Fit to Fly has been done, What next?
Most importantly this MEDIF or the FIT to FLY certificate needs to be submitted to the medical assistance team of the aircraft at-least two weeks in advance to the date of travel. It is also a good practice to carry the insurance papers of the patient, in case there are contingencies mid-flight.
Another aspect to keep in mind is that, if the patient has been diagnosed with communicable diseases; they are not allowed to make the travel via air ambulance since their presence can endanger the other people in the plane.
Now that you have all the details on the documents, but are still unsure of the transportation from your home to the airport or from the airport at the destination to the medical facility there, then give a call to VMEDO. They shall help you in booking a non-emergency ambulance that can make the transportation of the patient under duress in an easy and stress-free manner. Download the VMEDO app today and always be enabled to book ambulances at the touch of a button.