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Air Ambulance Tips For Medical Escort Companions

Airgurus Ltd. Co. has some air ambulance tips for medical escort companions and patient’s relatives who are planning to fly with them during transport. While their minds may be on other things in the days and hours leading up to the transport it is important we prepare them for the flight. In addition, we also want them to feel safe and comfortable as possible.

Here are our standard air ambulance tips applicable to companions who charter air ambulance flights:

1. Prepare Patient’s Medical Document

It is important that all pertinent medical information of the patient must be with the companion during the flight. Without this information, your air ambulance will not be able to give you the best care possible.

For overseas flights,  it is important to check that your passports are current.  It helps to apply for any required foreign visas well in advance. Assemble these documents in  advance and keep them with you at all times to ensure your air ambulance experience goes as smoothly as possible.

2. Pack Appropriately For Short / Long Air Transport

Air ambulances has limited room for luggage therefore, it is important to pack the essentials as efficiently as possible.  This is due to air ambulances have lots of medical equipment to monitor a patient’s condition and respond to any medical emergency that might come up.

3. Wear Layers of Clothing

Temperature varies in an air ambulance so it’s important to wear clothing in layers.  This way, if you feel too hot you can take off a layer or if you are cold you can add a layer.

4.  Boost Your Immune System

A companion’s health may be at risk during the flight. Prepare yourself by taking immune system boosters like vitamins C, B6, E and zinc. These will help your body fight off any germs that may be circulating in the enclosed space of the aircraft

5. Keep Your Blood Circulation In Place

Avoid getting deep vein thrombosis (DBT) and blood clots. Never sit cross-legged during the flight. Doing this can cut-off your blood circulation.  Furthermore make sure you shift your seating position during the flight and walk around. Stretch. This will allow circulation in your extremities for long periods.

6. Staying Hydrated

Bring your own snacks and bottled drinks.  This is especially important for keeping your blood sugar and hydration levels normal during long transport flights or on a transport of any distance. Avoid food and drinks like alcohol and caffeine that may dehydrate you leading up to the flight. The inside of the air craft will be dry and pressurized, so being properly hydrated will avoid more discomfort.

7.  Avoiding Sleeping Pills

If you are planning to take some sort of medication that lets you sleep when you travel by air, never do this on an air ambulance. You will need to help care for the patient or your loved one when you touch down and have your wits about you. Sleeping medications are going to inhibit your ability to help. Get plenty of rest before the flight.

8. Arrange for Ground Transport

An air ambulance can only take you from one airport to another.  Therefore, it is important to find qualified ground transport to take you to and from the terminal.  We can arrange this for you but it’s important to confirm this with us beforehand so that your patient receive the most seamless care possible.

Flying by an air ambulance can be a daunting undertaking.  With proper planning, yours and your patient’s trip can be totally free of stress. Therefore, always follow the air medical crew and the flight physician’s instructions. Airgurus has your best interests at heart.


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