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Commercial air ambulances continue to advance

Filed under: New Air Ambulances — Posted by: Richard on January 1, 2012

A recent development has seen specially designed incubators incorporated into aeroplanes, to provide neonatal care in line with the best hospitals throughout the continent.

With the rising demand for private air ambulances throughout Europe, there is a great deal of time, effort and money going into equipping aircraft, meaning the cost of an air ambulance is not cheap. As a lot of specialised equipment is required to ensure the best possible care is provided to patients, the investment involved is significant.

Neonates are one of the most regularly transported patient groups on commercial air ambulances, largely because of the lack of facilities in their countries of birth. Whilst technological advances are important to their care, so too is the medical aircrew training provided.

Thanks to this, there are regular programs operating throughout Europe for professionals working in the sector. An ongoing process too, it is imperative that staff stay up to date with the latest innovations.

Staff on the ground are also required to be trained in the specifics of European air ambulances, to ensure transfers are done as seamlessly and professionally as possible.

Another aspect of the transfer which needs to be carefully controlled is that equipment used on the incoming aircraft, is compatible with land ambulances and regional air ambulance helicopters. As such, the expense of testing is a hidden cost which many do not account for.

Responsible for supplying vital medical evacuations and repatriation services, private air ambulances provide a service which most people will hopefully never have to use. However, knowing the care provided is the best possible, is a comfort for when the worst happens.

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