Archive for the ‘Air Ambulance’ category

How to spot an Air Ambulance Broker

October 7, 2014

Choosing the services of an air ambulance provider especially during a stressful time can be a very difficult task. Thankfully, the advent of powerful search engines on the Internet has made this task much easier to ensure you are getting an air ambulance provider. easy right? Wrong!

Your search may lead you to an air ambulance broker who portrays themselves as an actual air ambulance operator with websites showing images of aircraft and making promises of providing their “own” aircraft, medical staff and flight crew, when in reality they simply broker these requests while charging hidden outrageous additional fees.

Knowledge is power and knowing the following key points will help spot whether you have contacted a broker or an actual air ambulance operator.

  1. If a website has images of aircraft on it, check if the aircraft tail numbers correspond to the model of aircraft and in turn the company purporting to operate or fly that aircraft. This information can be found on http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Inquiry.aspx.

Be cautious of aircraft on websites with no tail numbers. Photoshop is a powerful tool.

Look for logos that looks over imposed to the actual image.

  1. Ask for a copy of the air ambulance provider’s Aircraft Operator Certificate or equivalent.

This AOC lists the aircraft the company is authorized to operate. If the picture on the website does not match the AOC then it is not their aircraft.

  1. Caution should be urged where the wording on an air ambulance company’s website is ambiguous-“we have access to Lear jet 35 aircraft” is far removed from “we own and operate Lear jet 35 aircraft.” “we arrange for air ambulance flights” is far from we provide air medical transport on our owned and operated aircraft.
  2. Search engines  can be misleading. Typing in “air ambulance” into an Internet search engine can show results of companies that are experts at engineering websites to achieve high rankings. Not necessarily  at providing air ambulance and medical transportation. If you have any doubt about who exactly is behind the company’s website you are looking at, it may be revealing to check the domain name registration service to see who owns the site.
  3. The company should have a physical mailing address rather than just an anonymous P.O. Box and have local/geographic phone numbers, not just a toll-free number.
  4. Is there a copy of the Air Operator Certificate available on the company’s website? If not, ask for a copy to be sent to you. No company can operate aircraft without this certificate, typically known in the industry as a Part 135 Certificate in the United States or AOC elsewhere.
  5. Be Careful when you call a certain number and they answer with a Generic name. Example: ¨Air Ambulance how can I help?¨
  6. If the person you speak over the phone seems to be doubting  and cannot provide you with immediate information like exact aircraft model, Registration and an immediate quote, its very likely you are talking to a broker.
  7. Look for companies that are Accredited by either CAMTS,EURAMI, or NAAMTA. this organizations have already done their due diligence to give them accreditation.

Brokers may offer a valuable service for those who have never booked an air ambulance service, but be aware of the potential for being misled by those who’s focus is on making a high profit, not patient care.

 

Doing your due diligence will enhance your chances of success in choosing an air ambulance provider who owns and operates their own aircraft. This will save you tons of money and headaches.

 

 

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Jet Rescue Air Ambulance Ads Learjet 55 to its fleet

April 2, 2014

Air Ambulance service leader in Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean, Jet Rescue, is setting a new standard in patient safety, comfort and care with the introduction of a Learjet 55 dedicated to air ambulance service.

As Jet Rescue´s latest innovation, the Learjet 55 offers patients a spacious cabin accommodating the medical team, up to two patients and two family members. This air ambulance service jet is equipped with the latest critical care equipment such as the new Propaq MD and the Drager Oxilog 3000 ventilator.

“Having a stand-up cabin and enclosed lavatory is important for our clients and crew when flying long distances,” says Carlos Salinas, President and CEO of Jet Rescue Air Ambulance. “With a focus on patient care and safety, we continually look for opportunities to improve the air ambulance industry especially in places medical care is not as developed; such as Mexico and South America.

The Learjet 55 further elevates the level of service Jet Rescue offers its patients and clients.

“Last year we started the task of finding the right airplane to support our 2014 aggressive business plan. “ Our decision to move to the Learjet 55 was motivated by several factors,” says Salinas. “Ultimately, we selected the aircraft because of the advantages it provides our patients. “

The high-altitude capabilities and extended range allow for smoother flights with fewer stops, which is vital to the critically ill and injured patients who are transported.

“The Learjet 55 will be the air ambulance aircraft in our fleet’s future,” says Salinas.

The Learjet 55 has the latest flight management system technology as well as additional passenger comforts such as an on-board lavatory, additional luggage space and seating for a family member. The aircraft is also equipped with dual stretcher capabilities.

Jet Rescue Air Ambulance is the first air ambulance company in Latin America to own and operate a Learjet 55 for dedicated air ambulance service. This air ambulance is based at Mexico City Airport (MMTO) currently undergoing avionics upgrade to have worldwide capabilities, new paint and new interior.We expect to have it operational in a couple of months .Image

International Air Ambulance Repatriation Services

December 15, 2011

Jet Rescue International Air Ambulance

Jet Rescue International Air Ambulance specializes in offering emergency air care services globally. These services are useful in dealing with emergency cases where patients need urgent medical care which is not within their vicinity. Jet Rescue International air ambulance repatriation can be trusted for medical air transportation globally. Their staff includes professional medics and crew members who have extensive experience in the field of emergency medical care hence, making it easy for clients to choose the best flights, medical services and value. Under a short notice, the Jet Rescue international air ambulances can effect safe and competent repatriation across the globe through the use of private jets or scheduled airlines. Its services include providing medical escorts, facilitating admission to hospitals and ensuring that there is proper medical referral, medical clearance, and transfers from airports.

Using Jet Rescue International Air Ambulance repatriation services in emergency times has added advantages. The airlift medical transportation services offered guarantee that the patient gets to hospital through the safest and fast means possible hence, rescuing lives in time. International Air Ambulances also offer In-Flight Intensive Care. Their emergency rooms in flights have many comparable treatments and Intensive Care Units.  Their doctors, paramedics and nurses are able to provide a wide range of medical care such as defibrillation and ventilation which help keep patients in a stable condition while traveling. Most air ambulances have staff members who are specialists such as critical care physicians and flight surgeons. Depending on the landing conditions, various aircraft such as helicopters and turbo prop planes are present to facilitate easy patient transfer and emergency medical attention. Jet Rescue International Air Ambulance repatriation services can be called upon in times of emergency, accidents or occurrence of a life threatening illness.

Jet Rescue International Air Ambulance paramedics and nurses can be dispatched to remote areas around the globe. With the aging population, the risk of diseases such as strokes and heart attacks is increasing, and these situations call for emergency medical attention. If prompt medical attention and fast transfer to hospital are facilitated, other long term health effects that can ensue as a result of these attacks can be curbed well in advance. Jet Rescue International air ambulances are often useful to the youths in circumstances of accidents ensuing from sports such as surfing and skiing. Also in circumstances where natural calamities such as Tsunamis have occurred, international air ambulance repatriation become proficient moving critical patients out of the affected region. Medical insurance coverage for international air ambulance also helps tourists whenever they fall sick in a foreign country. International air ambulance repatriation enables them receive accurate medical treatment from their home countries.

Jet Rescue international Air Ambulancepicking up patient in Europe

Jet Rescue international Air Ambulance picking up patient in Europe

Jet Rescue International air ambulance stands out as the safest and quick way of offering medical care to loved ones whenever they are sick. Overtime, public awareness about emergency medical care services have improved, and the crucial role that international air ambulances play in saving lives is  appreciated globally. Whenever there is an emergency, impassable roads or lack of qualified medical professionals cannot be taken in as a scapegoat to denying the patients, adequate medical care.

In case of Medical Emergency while travelling in Mexico Call Us 01-00-681-1504

United States and Canada 1-877-704-8396

Worldwide +1-480-522-1080 extension 100

Air Ambulance Crash update

December 9, 2011

Late November, a twin-engine Piper Navajo used for air ambulance service crashed, killing three people including the patient and his wife. The aircraft was transporting the patient and his wife from West Palm Beach, Fla. to Chicago and went down in a wooded area just five miles  of the airport in Riverwoods. Tower recordings shows fuel concerns before plane crash.The aircraft ran out of fuel.

We are deeply saddened to hear of this tragedy and our hearts and thoughts go out to the victims’ loved ones. We wish a full and fast recovery to the accident’s two survivors.

Increasing Awareness to Maximize Safety

This air ambulance fatality is a devastating reminder to take a closer look at safety in air ambulance transport. We cannot change the outcome of  this tragedy, but we can arm you with information that will help you to make the best and safest decision in choosing an air ambulance provider.

The fact is, arranging a medical flight is not something most people do every day; it’s probably not something most people will do in their lifetimes. But it is what we do every day, and we want to ensure that you understand the requirements for a safe, successful medical flight.

Here are some things you should expect in an air ambulance provider:

Well-maintained, medically-dedicated aircraft

Some operators own their aircraft; some have exclusive leases with reputable providers; and some “companies” are actually brokers who broker out flights to the cheapest provider so that they can make the most profit. These distinctions can affect safety and quality of service.

When providers operate their own aircraft or have exclusive operating agreements, they know exactly which aircraft patients are flying on, including condition, maintenance history and safety features. When brokers are choosing operators based on price, there is more likelihood that corners are being cut somewhere along the line. (In this industry, be aware that the best price may not always be the safest decision.)

Ask the following questions:

  • Do you own aircraft yourself or have exclusive use arrangements with specific providers?
  • What type of aircraft will my loved one be transported on?
  • What safety features does the aircraft offer?

Jet Rescue Air Ambulance has an operation agreement in place for the operation of its medically-dedicated Learjets 35s.  We get involved on who’s maintaining the jets, who’s flying them and what condition they’re in. The jets are outfitted with advanced avionic equipment including GPS navigation,Color weather radar, and the latest in collision and terrain avoidance systems (EGPWS, TCAS/TCAS-II, TAWS, etc.).

Each fully customized medical jet is equipped with a self-contained Lifeport  stretcher,critical care equipment, medications, and the latest technology in medical devices and monitoring capability; they are flying intensive care units .

Cockpit view of Air ambulance learjet

Highest FAA rating ATP (Airline Transport  Pilot) with extensive worldwide flight experience.

Who operates the aircraft is just as vital to safety as the aircraft itself. Ask if the air ambulance provider employs their pilots. Inquire into how many pilots will be operating the aircraft. Find out about the pilots’ credentials and experience.

Jet rescue air ambulance pilots preparing for the next air ambulance mission

Jet Rescue air ambulance pilots preparing for its next flight

The flight crew members  that fly on our Learjets have thousands of hours in the air including significant experience in Learjets. Two pilots are in the cockpit on every flight. All pilots have completed simulator training in the aircraft, and have fulfilled or exceeded all FAA requirements.

Experienced, compassionate medical crews prepared for any situation

It is not an uncommon air ambulance industry practice for medical flight crews to have full-time jobs and moonlight as flight nurses/paramedics. This poses a safety concern as medics/nurses often go straight from a hospital shift to the aircraft to care for patients, pushing the limits of mental and physical fatigue.

Ask the air medical transport company these questions:

  • Are your medical personnel full-time employees?
  • How many medical team members will be on the flight?
  • What are their licenses and certifications?
  • Are they flight-experienced?

    Jet Rescue Air Ambulance medical team treat patient onboard Learjet 35

    Jet Rescue Air Ambulance medical team treat patient onboard Learjet 35

 Every member of the Jet Rescue medical crew is a full-time employee with years of experience in emergency medicine. Our  medical crews undergo an extensive orientation and training process including flight Physiology and aviation safety prior to flying with patients. Additionally, all medical personnel participate in 100 hours of didactic and clinical education each year, including training on the Laerdal Sim man.

Both a critical care flight nurse and paramedic accompany the patient throughout the entire transfer. Together, these highly-competent, compassionate teams can handle virtually any incident that might occur during a transport. And they truly care about their patients; many of them keep in touch with patients and families long after the medical flight.

These are  few of the criteria you should expect from a trustworthy air ambulance transportation provider. If you should have any questions at all about air ambulance transfers, call us 24/7  at 877.704.8396

Organ Transportation

July 1, 2010

Scottsdale, Arizona – One of the most important services Jet Rescue Air Ambulance provides is organ transportation needed for organ transplants. Organ transplants are fast-paced medical dramas that hold the promise of a new life. In other words an organ transplant is the moving of an organ from one body to another body or from a donor site to the recipient’s body, with the purpose of replacing the recipient’s damaged or absent organ.

The medical specialists involved in transplant surgeries need lots of skill and experience. With time virtually always against them, they need a transport team they can fully count on.

The Jet Rescue Air Ambulance organ transport service operates both by road and air, depending on the distance of the transport. We have a network of over 3000 Aircraft ready to respond to any emergency, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Next to our network of aircrafts we also have a fleet of all-new, ultra-modern vehicles available to preclude mechanical failures in transit. Our vehicles are equipped with state of the art radio communications as well Global Positional Services (GPS) to track movement and ensure timely arrival at required destinations.

For Jet Rescue Air Ambulance safety is a priority. All aircrafts and vehicles are fully equipped with the latest in avionics and safety equipment. We are 24/7 ready to move medical staff and carry out organ transportation locally, nationally and also internationally.

As well as carrying out organ transportation, we can also transport coordinators and surgical teams. This to ensure that the specialists are always there where they are needed most. The specialists can be transported to the organ-procurement hospital and they can also be brought back to the organ transplant hospital after the surgery.

Jet Rescue Air ambulance service is the choice of hospitals and transplant surgeons, because the company is known for its dependability, speed and precautionary safety measures.

The Jet Rescue Air Ambulance regards its relationship with its clients as more than a business association. The company feels privileged to play a crucial role in saving lives by giving medical teams and patients a strong advantage in their race against time.

Jet Rescue´s new helicopter emergency medical service!

April 29, 2010

Mexico City – Jet Rescue Air Ambulance is proud to announce the opening of a new business unit based in Mexico City. The “Critical Air” business unit offers emergency evacuation by means of its A-119 Koala air ambulance helicopter.

Quick response teams are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in all weather conditions to ensure rapid and reliable medical retrieval in times of emergency. The helicopter, an A-119 Koala, is specially equipped to transport patients and medical crew. The helicopter can be deployed to even the most remote locations.

The A-119 Koala Helicopter is unique amongst single turbine powered helicopters, with a cabin volume that is approx 30% greater than other helicopters in its class. It has a cruise speed of 270 km/h and a maximum range of 1000 km.

The specially equipped air ambulance helicopter can accommodate up to two stretchers together with the medical crew. The internal layout includes provision for the installation of all necessary medical equipment to treat patients during transport. Two standard rails are positioned both in the cabin rear bulkhead and on upper side panels that include outlets for oxygen, emergency air and power.

Critical Air Helicopter Operations
– Urgent responses to major accidents, emergencies and neo-natal cases.
– Typical emergency scenarios include accidents where specialist on-scene medical care is required.
– Rescue of patients who find themselves in rugged terrain or remote locations.
– Helicopter retrieval incorporates both pre-hospital rescue and inter-hospital transfer services.

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Http://www.criticalair.com.mx

Jet Rescue flies through the winter season!

January 14, 2010

Scottsdale Arizona – Jet Rescue Air Ambulance is a company that provides domestic and worldwide air ambulance service, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The company provides specialized medical teams to critically ill and injured patients anywhere in the world and has the capability to organize the most complex repatriation missions.

Many people ask themselves how an air ambulance copes with difficult weather circumstances such as we are seeing this winter. Fast moving fronts, ice fog, strong winds, snow and flat light conditions are part of the winter period. These conditions require careful planning in order to minimize their effects. For these kinds of conditions special winter operating procedures are in place. Let us have a look at both take-off and landing as this is regarded by most people as the most delicate part of flying and aircraft

Take-off

Before an air ambulance aircraft takes off, the second officer checks if there is ice on the wings and reports his findings to the air ambulance captain. For take-off it is necessary to have the wings clear of ice or anything that will adhere to the wing and cause a reduction in lift or alter the aerodynamics of the wing. In case ice was found on the wings the captain calls in the ground crew for de-icing the air ambulance.

After a call from the air ambulance captain the ground crew heads to the air ambulance and de-ices the airplane with heated de-icing fluid which consists of Ethylene or Propylene Glycol, diluted with water. This special fluid is sprayed, under high pressure, onto the air ambulance to melt the frost, ice and snow. Once the airplane is de-iced, the air ambulance is ready for take-off. The de-icing takes place about 15 minutes before take-off.

Landing

In winter conditions the runway surface can be very treacherous. Before landing advanced information about the current conditions of the runway is obtained by our air ambulance captain.

When landing is in process, visibility is of the upmost importance. The air ambulance co-pilots` job is to monitor the aircraft instruments. He is in charge of making sure that the control navigation system is working correctly. The air ambulance captain is in charge of monitoring the instruments until the aircraft gets near visibility minimums. If the runway lights are in sight, and the aircraft is due to snow or rain at or above visibility minimums, the air ambulance captain will disconnect the autopilot and land the air ambulance manually.

Winter conditions such as ice fog and snow can only make flying dangerous if winter operating procedures are not in place. If you choose Jet Rescue Air Ambulance as your air ambulance provider the patient is guaranteed a smooth and safe flight, no matter what season we`re in!

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