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Travelling to Mexico & Health

June 26, 2012

At Jet Rescue Air Ambulance we always recommend travellers that plan to go to Central America to get a comprehensive health and travel insurance. Even though chances are slim that you will have an accident, get sick or ill, it will not harm you to be prepared. In most Central American countries medical facilities are both private and state-organized and generally of a reasonably high standard. Some medicines are available without prescriptions and local pharmacists can diagnose and treat minor health problems.

Vaccinations:

The following vaccines may be “recommended” (there are no compulsory vaccinations for Mexico) for your travel to Mexico. Discuss your travel plans with your doctor in order to determine which vaccines you will need. Do take note that you should visit your doctor at least 4 to 6 weeks before your leaving date. This allows the vaccines to take effect properly.

  • Hepatitis A. Transmission of hepatitis A virus can occur through direct person-to-person contact; through exposure to contaminated water, ice, or shellfish harvested in contaminated water; or from fruits, vegetables, or other foods that are eaten uncooked and that were contaminated during harvesting or subsequent handling. In many countries the risk of infection with Hepatitis A is quite big, which is why a vaccination for most (sub-)tropical countries is recommended.
  • Hepatitis B, especially if you might be exposed to blood or body, have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment.
  • Rabies, if you might have extensive unprotected outdoor exposure in rural areas, such as might occur during camping, hiking, or bicycling, etc.
  • Typhoid vaccine. Typhoid fever can be contracted through contaminated drinking water or food, or by eating food or drinking beverages that have been handled by a person who is infected.
  • As needed, booster doses for tetanus-diphtheria. A DTP-jab (diphtheria, tetanus and polio) is valid for about 10 years. Most people had a DTP vaccination as a child, but a booster is recommended every 10 years.

Tips – Food and drink:

Water in bottles or marked ‘drinking/sterilized water’ can be drunk without precautions. Sterilized water can be bought at any corner-shop or in supermarkets like Walmart, Costco, etc. Look for brands such as Santorini, Ciel, Bonafont. All other water for drinking, brushing teeth or ice should be boiled or sterilized.

You should only eat well-cooked meals (especially meat and fish), cooked vegetables and peeled fruit. Especially when it comes to the popular “street food” you should check if the food is well-cooked and if hygiene is taken into account. Check if the people that are preparing the food are using food handling gloves and hair nets.

Tips – The sun & heat

Sunstroke is caused by overexposure to the sun or other sources of extreme heat. Not many people know that a sunstroke or heatstroke is actually a life threatening condition. It can easily be prevented by covering your head and face (for example by using shades, a hat, etc). Especially in (sub-)tropical countries it is an unwritten law to always carry a bottle of drinking water with you. Your body relies on water evaporation to stay cool. So when your body is out of water the heat/sun can quickly overwhelm your body’s cooling system, particularly when the air is not circulating. In severe cases, heatstroke can cause organ dysfunction, brain damage, and even death. If you suspect having a sunstroke (feeling light-headed, headaches), you can prevent it from getting worse by drinking water and finding a spot in the shade.

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Senior citizens abroad and air ambulance transports!

May 26, 2010

Acapulco, Mexico – Travelling abroad is a great way to spend the best years of your life. Every year thousands of senior retired citizens travel south to escape the cold winter weather in the USA and Canada. Statistics sadly enough show that senior citizens are more likely to get sick or injured while travelling.

Let´s take a look at common causes for (elderly) people needing our air ambulance service.

Respiratory Failure

Respiratory failure is a syndrome in which the respiratory system fails in one or both of its gas exchange functions. Examples of respiratory failure are cardiogenic or noncardiogenic pulmonary edema, pneumonia, and pulmonary hemorrhage.

It frequently occurs that we transport a patient diagnosed with pneumonia. Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lung. It is considered a common illness which can occur in all age groups. It is however a leading cause of death amongst the elderly and people who are chronically and terminally ill.

Heart Problems

Heart problems such as heart failure are a common reason for an air ambulance transport. Heart failure is generally defined as inability of the heart to supply sufficient blood flow to meet the body’s needs. It has various diagnostic criteria, and the term heart failure is often incorrectly used to describe other cardiac-related illnesses, such as heart attack or cardiac arrest.

People that have suffered a heart attack while on vacation need medical evacuation. Most heart attacks happen when a clot in the coronary artery blocks the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart. Often this leads to an irregular heartbeat that causes a severe decrease in the pumping function of the heart. A blockage that is not treated within a few hours causes the affected heart muscle to die.

Head Injury

A head injury is any trauma that leads to injury of the scalp, skull, or brain. The injuries can range from a minor bump on the skull to serious brain injury. Below you can find information about brain hemorrhage, a trauma that we frequently encounter at Jet Rescue Air Ambulance.

Brain Hemorrhage is a condition caused by a sudden stroke to a person after blood leaks out from the blood vessels in the brain. This situation occurs due to the break in the wall of blood vessel, the blood spills out of the blood vessel and enters the area where vital tissues and cells of brain reside, killing those tissues and cells; this causes the patient to become seriously ill and needs immediate medication and/or treatment.

Cranial Base Fracture

A skull fracture is a break in one or more of the bones in the skull usually occurring as a result of blunt force trauma. If the force of the impact is excessive the bone may fracture at or near the site of the impact. The force of direct impact may cause damage to the underlying physical structures contained within the skull such as the membranes, blood vessels, and brain, even in the absence of a fracture.

Going on vacation is great and the chances that something will happen to you are really small. However that is not a guarantee that an accident won´t happen to you. As always we stress that you take preventative measures before you go on vacation;

–          Get a travel insurance that covers medical cost & evacuation.

–          Ask your insurance company if there is a manual with standard procedures in case of emergencies such as an accident/illness.

–          Always have our 24h emergency phone number on you.  01-800-681-1504 toll free from Mexico

New Learjet 35-A added to the Jet Rescue Air Ambulance fleet.

November 11, 2009
Jet Rescue Air Ambulance

Jet Rescue Air Ambulance

Jet Rescue Air Ambulance, an air ambulance company with its headquarters in Scottsdale AZ and with further satellite bases in Long Beach CA, Fort Lauderdale FL, Toluca MX and Guadalajara MX, has proudly presented the latest addition to its fleet; a Learjet 35-A. The Learjet will be the second Learjet stationed at the Toluca Airport Jet Rescue Hangar, a few miles from Mexico City.

The Learjet 35-A has been modified with the Extended Range package from Raisbeck engineering and includes:
Extended Tip tanks, Delta Fins, ZR Lite

The medical Interior is custom made and has a Lifeport plus Stretcher system, dedicated medical cabinets and full modern ICU equipment. In addition the aircraft is equipped for worldwide missions. The avionics include TCAS II with change 7 collision avoidance, dual UNS-1 flight management systems, dual HF radios, FM immunity, 8.33 Mhz. frequency spacing, and a 4-tube EFIS system.

The air ambulance aircraft will be crewed by 2 highly experienced pilots,2 ICU trained medical personnel and will be operated by Mexican DGAC Part 135 equivalent Certificate Holder Aero Jl S.A.

http://www.jet-rescue.com