How to Choose an AA
The following questions are important to ask when arranging an air ambulance:
IS THE AIR AMBULANCE SERVICE LICENSED AND CERTIFIED?
YES - National Air Ambulance is fully licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the State of Florida as a full service air ambulance operator with Advance Life Support (ALS) certification. We are also fully certified “special care” by EURAMI. Our aircraft, medical equipment and personnel meet and exceed the requirements put forth by the state of Florida.
AM I DEALING WITH A BROKER OR AN AIR AMBULANCE OPERATOR?
National Air Ambulance is an operator. We OWN, OPERATE and MAINTAIN our fleet of AIRCRAFT. Each aircraft used by NATIONAL AIR AMBULANCE has been inspected by the Florida Department of Health and is licensed as an Advanced Life Support Air Ambulance.
DOES THE AIR AMBULANCE SERVICE HAVE A MEDICAL DIRECTOR AVAILABLE FOR MEDICAL CONSULTATIONS?
YES - National Air Ambulance has a Medical Director available 24/7/365, who will consult the patient's treating physician and obtain complete medical information. After consultation the type of personnel, equipment and aircraft will be determined, insuring the most appropriate care for the patient.
Each patient should be evaluated by the medical director of the air ambulance service prior to transport. Many medical conditions are affected by altitude; the Medical Director should have extensive knowledge of Aviation Medicine. This is necessary to determine proper staffing and preparation for the safest possible transfer.
WHAT ARE THE TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AIR MEDICAL TRANSPORT TEAM?
National Air Ambulance has licensed Physicians, Nurses, Respiratory Therapists, and certified Paramedics trained and available for staffing. All medical personnel employed by NATIONAL AIR AMBULANCE are required to have 3 years experience in emergency medicine or critical care as a prerequisite for employment. Quarterly and annual skills maintenance updates are a requirement for all medical personnel. Advanced certifications and industry related conference attendance is encouraged to stay abreast of currently accepted medical modalities.
All physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists should have extensive experience in critical care medicine. The doctors and nurses should be certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Trauma Stabilization, and Altitude Physiology.
DOES NATIONAL AIR AMBULANCE PROVIDE BEDSIDE TO BEDSIDE CARE?
YES - National Air Ambulance is a bedside to bedside service, which assures continuity of care for the entire transfer. The patient's records as well as the in-flight care transcripts are delivered to the receiving facility with the patient.
During the mission a "link" between the sending and receiving facility must be maintained. The communication of patient information to the receiving facility is a critical function that the medical team will perform when arriving at the patient destination.
WHAT COSTS ARE INVOLVED WITH AN AIR AMBULANCE?
The cost of an air ambulance will vary depending on the length of transport and the medical team required for the mission. When you receive a quote from NATIONAL AIR AMBULANCE it will be all-inclusive with the following:
- Learjet 35A
- Flight Crew (Captain and Co-Pilot)
- Appropriate Medical Team
- Basic Catering
- Landing and Airport Fees
- International Fees (When Applicable)
- Ground Ambulance Service (Patient pick-up and delivery)
- Medical consult to determine appropriate medical team
- Flight updates from our 24 hrs. Flight Coordinators
Of note: When the medical consultation reveals that the patient has a need that could not be determined from the preliminary information the price will change from original quotation. This can include an up-grade of medical team, units of blood, fresh frozen plasma or a flight at “sea-level”. This will be fully explained and transparent before the mission starts
WHAT TYPE OF STRETCHER IS UTILIZED FOR THE MISSION?
National Air Ambulance utilizes the LIFEPORT stretcher system on every air ambulance mission.
WHAT MEDICAL EQUIPMENT IS CARRIED ON THE AIRCRAFT?
National Air Ambulance owns and maintains its own medical equipment. Our medical teams are specifically trained with our equipment so as to maintain their knowledge level. Regularly scheduled preventative maintenance is provided on all equipment.
- Medical equipment for each mission as follows:
- Phillips HeartStart MRx Cardiac Monitors
- Care Fusion Revel and LTV-1200 ventilators
- Alaris and Baxter Infusion Pumps
- Abbott POC i-STAT Devices
- Florida State DHS required medications, supplies and equipment.
- Oxygen with proper masks and nasal cannulas
- Complete ALS medication kit including critical care medications
- Monitoring equipment
- IV administration sets and fluids (IV pumps)
- Respiratory support equipment and suction equipment
- Trauma stabilization equipment
- Suction equipment
- Patient comfort supplies (pillows,sheets,blankets,catering)
IS MEDICAL OXYGEN PROVIDED?
YES - National Air Ambulance provides medical oxygen on every mission. The oxygen system is double checked prior to every flight for quality and quantity by the medical team and service technicians.
ARE INTRAVENOUS FLUIDS PROVIDED?
YES - National Air Ambulance carries standard and specialized intravenous fluids, IV pumps, and other related equipment on all flights.
Many patients require IV fluids during flight. A competent service will always have these available even if the preliminary information indicates the patient will not require fluids. Due to low aircraft ceiling and changes in pressurization, an intravenous pump is often required with intravenous therapy.
IS PROPER SUCTIONING PROVIDED?
YES - National Air Ambulance carries electrically powered suction equipment, (primary and backup) on all aircraft.
Many patients require suctioning when transported by air even if they don't require suctioning on the ground. Make sure the operator provides suction units with sufficient power to operate them for the entire period of the flight.
IS GROUND AMBULANCE TRANSPORTATION INCLUDED IN THE TRANSPORT SERVICE?
YES - National Air Ambulance provides complete bedside to bedside care, which includes ground ambulance transportation at patient pick-up and delivery.
An air ambulance service should control all aspects of the patient transport. A "TOTAL SERVICE" air ambulance will provide bedside to bedside service. It is imperative that ground ambulance arrangements be made, confirmed, updated and reconfirmed to avoid patient waiting. This should be done by the air ambulance service with the all-inclusive price quotation