An elderly woman suffers from septic shock while cruising off the coast of Haiti. The closest treatment available is in Miami; the day's sailing time will be too late. This case enabled Air Trek to help a retired lady.
After several days cruising she had mistakenly taken her husbands prescription medication and was suffering from septic shock. She required treatment within hours or she would suffer permanent liver and kidney damage. A call from the ships doctor put Air Trek on alert. Air Trek quickly developed a patient transport plan that included the US Coast Guard stationed in the Turks and Caicos Islands plus our Cessna Citation jet, staffed with two Captains, a critical care flight nurse, and a flight paramedic.
The cruise ship had just set sail from Labadee, Haiti for the 36 hour cruise to Port of Miami. Consultation between the ship's doctor and Jackson Memorial Hospital determined the days sail time would be too late and she needed an air ambulance ASAP!
While flying Air Trek's jet (set up as an ambulance in the air) from Florida to Providenciales International Airport on North Caicos Island, a US Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched from Grand Turk to the ship at sea. Landing on a cruise ship at sea in the middle of the night to save a life makes us all thankful for the highly trained and professional men and women of the US Coast Guard.
After landing and clearing customs Air Trek's quality air ambulance team quickly refueled and prepared for a time sensitive flight to Miami. The flight team heard the helicopter approaching well before seeing her and the noise and rotor wash reverberated as the Coast Guard pilot expertly touched down just a few yards from our waiting jet. Both medical teams quickly transferred the patient from helicopter to jet, and within minutes Air Trek's jet was taxiing for departure to the life saving care waiting in Miami.
Thanks to advance arrangements made by Air Trek's Flight Coordinators, they arrived at MIA where customs agents and a ground ambulance were waiting, ready to expedite clearance and transport to Jackson Memorial Hospital where a highly skilled medical team was ready to save another life.
As coincidences happen, this patient lived in Fort Myers, Florida just 30 miles distance to Air Trek's base of operations in Punta Gorda. It was a welcome surprise to have this nice lady stop in to visit; it is not often Air Trek gets hugs from patients saved from a ship at sea and flown for care in Miami.
Thirty six years of experience and thousands air ambulance flights have allowed Air Trek to participate in saving many lives at the speed of flight! Behind every memorable moment such as this, is a company and systems set in place to make sure that patient transports worldwide are carried out as planned.
Air Trek's foundation consists of a 36-year-old, family business whose formula for success has remained the same for years: Focus on being safety-centered while providing the ultimate in patient care.
Air Trek owns and operates seven aircraft including pressurized twin engine aircraft, Citation jets, and a Westwind II jet. Each aircraft is fully equipped and staffed to function as a flying critical care unit allowing us to provide the best care for our patients. Air Trek differs from other Air Ambulance services in that we own the aircraft, which enables us to have direct operational control of all aspects of the patient's transport.
The patient's family, friends, and pets may also travel aboard the aircraft at no additional charge, pending the availability of seats.
Air Trek's Flight Coordinators can explain the different seating capabilities for each individual aircraft - then design a personalized and specific plan to meet the transport needs for the patient and their family members.