When you have a patient that needs to be flown back home or to a location with a better medical standard, which company will you choose? Let us give you some advice.
Insiders know that a cheap transport makes it much more expensive afterwards. Severe medical side effects of a low quality transport often reveal themselves not earlier than 24 to 48 hours afterwards. Atelectasis, pneumonia, decubital ulcers are just some of these. Are you already sure on the choice of company? Not yet? Good! Who is performing the transport? Is it a primarily medical company or an aviation company?
This is important for making an estimation how your patient will be treated. A patient is much more than just „living cargo“. And who is with the patient? In some countries it is allowed that even critical care patients are flown without a physician. Why are there differences in the quite strict regulations for ground interfacility transfers of critical care patients compared with the air transfers?
Ask for the qualification of the medical personnel on the plane. Your patient is worth a specialist intensivist and registered ICU/anesthesia nurse. Paramedics have a different medical education, being well-trained for emergencies, but not for the nursing needs on longer flights. And look for the bed-to-bed service, taking over the patient from the treating staff and handing over the patient to the treating staff in the receiving hospital. This reduces the risk of losing important information. Are you still not sure which company to choose? Good! Besides the operations and the personnel there are differences in medical equipment. Just check if the provided equipment really meets the needs of your patient.
If your patient is comfortably awake on a ventilator with a semi spontaneous breathing mode, the transport ventilator should be able to provide the same. Besides for moving the patient on the transport stretcher, additional sedation means an active additional vulneration of the patient. Do you already get a clearer image? Well, there is some more information. The smaller the plane, the harder it gets to provide good and safe medical treatment. Here medical expertise, nursing abilities, experience and good equipment make the difference. Our Tempur-mattresses reduce the risk of a decubital ulcer significantly. Disinfection of the cabin and the medical equipment is very important.
It is shown by scientific research that up to 50% of the surfaces were not sufficiently treated with a wipe desinfection, potentially harming your patient. Much more reliable is the disinfection with vaporized hydrogen peroxide (Saniswiss Biosanitizer). If you use a broker to make the decision for you, let them choose a company according to your demands. You also have a responsibility for the patient during transport!
GlobalMED International – the only medical operated company that just uses specialists for intensive care medicine and registered ICU/anesthesia nurses, providing a worldwide multilingual bed-to-bed service with the top-of-the-list equipment and superior hygiene standards.
Qualification of the Medical Director
New Tempur mattresses
Especially on longer flights patients are endangered to develop decubital ulcers. To fight this danger all stretchers have new Tempur matresses, clinically proven to reduce the rate of decubital ulcers, dramatically. Also the pillows were exchanged by new ones with variable thickness to increase the patient's comfort.
Desinfection of the planes
After each mission the complete interior of the planes including all medical equipment is desinfected with the „Bio Sanitizer“, a device working with hydrogen peroxide. Its' effectiveness is granted by the Robert-Koch-Institute (the German CDC). Cross-infection of a patient with multiresistant bacteria by contaminated surfaces is not possible anymore.
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