What Types of Patients Are Transported by Air Ambulance?

“Why would someone need an air ambulance?” It’s a question I’m very commonly asked after telling people I’m in the air medical transportation field.

I’ve discovered that most people are familiar with accident scene to ER helicopter flights, but many are unaware of circumstances that would necessitate fixed-wing air medical transfers. It may really shock people to learn that more than 100,000 patients are transported by fixed-wing aircraft every year.

So, what is “air ambulance”? It’s a crucial – and often times lifesaving – resource that enables critically ill and injured patients to reach health care facilities with higher levels of care. Medically-dedicated aircraft transfer patients to facilities around the world for cancer treatment, brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation, organ transplants, burn treatment and many, many other medical conditions.

Fixed-wing medical aircraft are specially-equipped to transport patients…

  • Whose injury or illness requires treatment by a specialist
  • Who sustain a serious illness or injury while traveling
  • Where extensive or urgent medical attention is needed and time is critical
  • With critical illnesses/injuries where the patient cannot be transported commercially (i.e., patient on a ventilator or high level of oxygen, patient unable to sit upright)

At Angel MedFlight, we have medically transported neonatal patients as young as 7 days of age and adult patients as old as 101 years – and every age in between. We have flown to six continents with a longest flight (so far!) being 17,278 miles. We have medically transferred patients with virtually every imaginable medical condition. And we’ve done it without ceasing, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

It’s a tremendous gift knowing that what we do matters – to patients, families, and medical professionals – and we’re honored to provide exceptional care, comfort and support every single time, every step of the way.

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