What Medical Equipment Do Your Air Ambulance Carry?
Our planes are fully equipped intensive care units, offering anything from transport for broken legs to ICU and supporting end-of-life care. Some of the equipment available includes:
- Portable incubator
- Ultrasound equipment
- External pacemaker
- Infectious disease isolation pods
- Infusion pumps
The Benefits of Using Planes Over Helicopters
Air ambulance planes cover greater distances faster than helicopters without needing to refuel.
Comfort is another benefit. Helicopters don’t offer a comfortable way to travel, especially for companions or patients.
While they are useful for accessing nearby difficult-to-access emergency locations, helicopters cannot match the speed, comfort and reliability of planes for long airport-to-airport evacuations.
Where Do the Planes Operate From?
Our air ambulance fleet operates directly from the U.K. and Europe, providing a global outreach and capability.
How Long Will the Air Ambulance Take to Reach Its Destination?
The answer depends on the distance between where the air ambulance aircraft is located and its destination. When flying to Southern Europe, for example, the flight time is around three hours, while reaching a destination somewhere in Africa may take nine hours. For Asia, expect a flight time of around fourteen hours.
At IAS Medical, once a mission has been initiated after you book a flight, we deploy the aircraft for anywhere from 12 to 72 hours depending on the individual requirements and destination. This allows us to fully prepare the plane for your needs.
How Much Does a Medical Airplane Repatriation Cost?
The longer the distance, the more the flight will cost, but the exact cost depends on many factors, including the level of medical care required. Larger aircraft will also increase the cost. We consider the hours of flight and the cost per hour, as well as the number of medical personnel, the ancillary needs, and more.
Can You Repatriate a Patient on a Commercial Flight?
Yes, we offer transportation with a medical staff on commercial flights. It’s an option we provide for people who are not in need of critical care. If you can be transferred from a wheelchair to an airline seat, and you have an oxygen demand of fewer than 5 litres per minute, you’re a good candidate for a commercial flight.
Will My Ambulance Insurance Cover My Ambulance Repatriation?
This depends on your insurer. Insurers will generally accept this liability if you’ve disclosed all preexisting conditions, the injury or problem wasn’t caused by alcohol or drugs, and you have a cover for dangerous sports.