Better Business Bureau Awards Georgia-Based Medical Flight Service with A+ Rating

Better Business Bureau has awarded Medway Air Ambulance, a Georgia-based medical flight service with an A+ rating. This new rating means the air ambulance meets the standards of trust set by BBB and provides customers with added confidence in their practices and service.

Medway Air Ambulance is also participating in the online logo linking program set up by the Better Business Bureau. This means that when people click on the BBB logo on the company’s website, they will be taken directly to the Reliability Report and Rating compiled by BBB. This report will help them get better information about the air ambulance and their practices.

Medway’s Focus to Provide Top-Quality Medical Flight Service

According to Medway Air Ambulance’s program director, Mark Chapman RN, the company’s focus has always been on providing their clients with safe transport and medical care. As a result of their outstanding report of providing high-quality service and compassionate care, Medway Air Ambulance has made a name as one of the best fixed wing air ambulance providers in the country.

Medway’s fleet comprises of state-of-the-art Learjets equipped with top medical equipment and operated by highly-trained medical personnel. The air ambulance provides neo-natal transport and medical flight service around the world. Their service runs throughout the year for 24 hours every day.

Accreditation from Reputable Organizations

Medway Air Ambulance has been accredited by Eurami and has been awarded a Gold Rating by ARGUS International. The company partners with all the major insurance companies and is capable of coordinating medical ground transportation for their patients to be transported to and from medical facilities. This means that Medway Air Ambulance takes care of all the necessary arrangements for their clients. The company has been in operation since 1987 and has been responsible for the safe transportation of patients and their families till today.

Hours of Medical Flight Operations to Be Extended for Cornwall Air Ambulance

After Yorkshire Air Ambulance decided to extend their hours of operations, Cornwall Air Ambulance has followed suit. The air ambulance will be available for medical flight operations for longer hours every day. These extended hours are currently under a 12-month trial period and the charity will choose to either continue or discontinue with it depending on how well it performs.

Additional Shift to be Covered by Two Paramedics

As of now, the charity’s helicopter crew is available on call for 12 hours a day from 7:30 AM till 7:30 PM. Even if the weather is too bad for the helicopter to fly, they still respond to emergencies using their critical care cars. The medical flight crew will continue to be on call during the same timeframe even under the new trial.

But in addition to this, there will be an additional shift that will be covered by two critical care paramedics. These paramedics will respond to medical emergencies between 6:00 PM and 2:00 AM by road between Wednesday and Sunday.

Trial of Extended Medical Flight Hours to Help Assess Demand

According to the charity’s chief executive, Paula Martin, their historical data has shown that there is a drop in demand for critical care emergencies after 7:30 PM. However, the charity has seen some examples in which serious incidents required emergency response outside of their normal hours of operations. The charity plans to help address medical transport need for these types of incidents.

The two paramedics will be using critical care cars, which carry advanced life-saving equipment just like their helicopters. By launching this trial period for extended hours of operations, Cornwall Air Ambulance hopes to be able to accurately assess the actual demand of critical care emergencies after their normal hours of operations.

New North Platte Medical Flight Service Plane Takes Flight

The newest fixed-wing medical airplane to service North Platte took flight on Saturday, October 21. It was the same day that organizers were preparing to commemorate the new medical flight service plane with an open house. The crew attended to a patient who needed to be flown out from Great Plains Health.

Need for Medical Flight Service Anticipated Correctly by Air Methods

Air Methods had seen that there was a need for a fixed-wing medical fight plane in the region. The fixed-wing, PC-12 airplane joined the existing fleet of one medical helicopter in April of 2017. The call for service on the first day of it being in operation is proof that Air Methods had correctly anticipated the need for an extra aircraft, according to Air Methods spokesperson, Ryan Penrose.

With this new airplane, the crew will be able to reach cities much faster compared to a helicopter. While it would take them an hour to reach Denver by helicopter, the same trip would take only 45 minutes with the new fixed-wing airplane. The medical airplane will mostly be used for inter-hospital transfers while the helicopter will have more use in responding to emergency situations.

Aircraft to be Dispatched on Case-By-Case Basis

Despite their specific suitability, the medical flight service team will determine whether it would be better to send a fixed-wing aircraft or a helicopter for each case. When they receive a request, the Omaha dispatch center and the Denver control center will work together to see which paths and aircraft is the most suitable and available at the moment.

Patients who are transported on the new aircraft will be able to access all the high-quality medical equipment just like ICU patients do. The aircraft will also be able to transport any patient from premature babies to overweight adult patients.

Deal to Expand Air Ambulance Service in the Works for UVM Medical Center

Burlington-based University of Vermont Medical Center could be seeing a lot more landings on their helicopter pad next year. Executives of the hospital are currently negotiating a contract with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team to expand their air ambulance service. According to UVM Medical Center’s president and COO, Eileen Whalen, they expect to complete the deal by the end of the month.

Scope of Expanded Air Ambulance Service

The service is intended to ensure that patients with acute health problems such as neonatal illnesses, heart attacks, or strokes can be provided with quick and high-quality medical care. It is intended to help save more lives. However, the service will not be extended to patients in emergency situations such as accidents.

At the moment, ground ambulances are used for transporting patients between all 13 hospitals covered within the service area of UVM Medical Center. With the expanded service, the hospital helipad will see an increase in air ambulance landings every year.

Agreement in the Works with DHARTS

To expand their air ambulance service, UVM Medical Center does not intend to buy a helicopter of its own. Instead, they will staff a helicopter provided by the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team. This helicopter will be based out of Burlington and bear the logo of the UVM Health Network.

This new service will help UVM Medical Center in their attempts to restructure the options for emergency transport in their 40,000-square-mile service area covering New York and Vermont. For patients within this region, it is the nearest academic hospital that provides top-level trauma care in case of serious health issues.

It is yet uncertain whether or not the state Green Mountain Care Board will need to provide UVM Medical Center with regulatory approval.

Two Private Air Ambulances in Quebec Announce Alliance

The two private air ambulances in Quebec have announced that they will be joining forces to expand their services. This allied effort will ensure that residents of the region will be transported to the hospital faster than before regardless of where they’re located.

Alliance to Benefit Both Companies

Skyservice and Airmedic made the announcement during the first week of October. In their announcement, they stated that their alliance would be beneficial for both companies. Each has their unique geographical needs that the other cannot meet. But with their partnership, they will be able to meet those challenges.

The two air ambulances each carry out approximately 600 patient transfers per year. However, the main focus for Skyservice is on long-range transfers that take place internationally. Airmedic’s specialty lies in short-range to medium-range patient transfers, mainly fulfilling local air ambulance needs.

Enhanced Support by Two Air Ambulances

There are a few similarities and some differences in how the two companies operate. Both of them have pilots and nurses as well as paramedics on board their flights. They also have doctors who are on-call and can fly as necessary.

In addition to crew members, Skyservice can accommodate two patients and a family member each in one of their jets. They use portable medical equipment that enables them to carry out intensive care procedures on board their flights.

Airmedic carries out patient transfers in remote areas within the region. They have advanced equipment including night vision equipment for their pilots to safely navigate and land in remote locations.

So they both have some similarities but also offer unique benefits that make the alliance highly productive. The services provided by Skyservice and Airmedic are not covered by Medicare. There may be variations in the coverage provided for these services by private insurers. Airmedic, however, offers memberships for residents.

CSI Aviation Receives Certification to Provide Medical Flight Service in Texas

CSI Aviation has made an announcement of a new certification they have received that will enable them to provide medical flight service in Texas. The Texas Department of State Health Services has certified the company to carry out critical care and specialty care flights in the state. CSI Aviation will be able to help save more lives of critically ill or injured patients in the region.

Medical Flight Service to be Part of Aviation Offerings CSI Aviation Provides

According to the company’s Vice President of Sales Marc Ramthun, CSI Aviation already operates in Texas and has had a long history of providing different types of aviation services in the state. Ramthun also stated that the company is excited to add medical care flight services to this long list of aviation services.

CSI Aviation also played an important role in aiding Texas after it was hit by Hurricane Harvey. The company’s subsidiary, Seeker Aircraft, used their fixed-wing light observation aircraft, a SB7L-360 to provide support to the state. The aircraft had a critical role to play in the post-hurricane search and rescue efforts as well as surveillance efforts.

CSI Aviation’s Fleet All Ready for Critical Care Flights

The company is all ready to begin its medical flight service in the Texas region. They have a dedicated fleet comprising of a King Air 200 and a King Air 300 to carry out the service. They have already equipped the aircrafts to transport critically ill or injured people.

CSI Aviation has used Spectrum Aeromed systems to equip the aircrafts they’re planning to use for the service. All flights will have a crew of certified medical care personnel on board. The crew will be responsible for administering essential medical care to patients who are being transported to a medical facility.

Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance Service to Save More Lives with On-Site Blood Transfusions

The Lincs and Notts air ambulance service will start carrying blood supplies on board. This will enable them to carry out on-site blood transfusions and save more lives. This change is expected to significantly enhance the quality of pre-hospital care provided by the crew. Patients will now have an even better chance of recovery even in the most critical injuries.

One of Six Air Ambulance Helicopters to Offer On-Site Blood Transfusions

With the Lincs and Notts air ambulance helicopter carrying blood supplies on board there are now six air ambulance helicopters in the U.K. that can provide on-site blood transfusions. The implementation of the project is being overseen by Dr. David Cookson, who stated that the recent advances in devices have made it possible for air ambulance service crews to administer blood transfusions outside of a hospital environment.

In cases where the patient is bleeding heavily and has very low blood pressure, they have difficulty pumping oxygen to vital organs. So administering blood transfusion is a crucial step to providing treatment to these patients. This improves their chances of survival as they’re being transported to the hospital.

Specialist Training to Air Ambulance Service Crew

The Lincs and Notts crew has been provided a specialist training to carry blood supplies on board and administer it to patients in need. The blood supply is from Lincoln County Hospital, delivered on a daily basis by the Lincolnshire Emergency Blood Bikers.

The helicopter will be transporting the blood supply in thermostatically-controlled boxes              that were specially designed for carrying blood. The helicopter also has a machine to warm the blood so it can be administered at the correct temperature. The crew will be administering the blood to patients whose blood pressure is dangerously low and are suspected to be bleeding significantly.

New Reach Air Medical Service Helicopter to Cater to Montana Residents

REACH Air Medical Service has announced that a new type of helicopter will be serving the Bozeman, Montana region. Their Bozeman base will be provided with a new Airbus H125 helicopter to improve the quality of service in the region. They chose the model specifically to fulfil the service requirements in Montana.

New aircraft Offers Increased Safety

The new Airbus H125 is specifically suitable for service in Montana because it has high-reliability rates and is capable to fly in higher-altitude regions. The model also has safety features that make it ideal for service in the region. It is also customized to be used in air medical service, having the capacity to transport a three-person flight team along with the patient.

REACH has further enhanced the capability of the aircraft by equipping it with night-vision goggles and autopilot systems. The helicopter also has snow pads to increase landing safety during winters and advanced terrain awareness warning systems to improve navigation. All of these features will optimize the level of safety and quality of service provided by REACH.

These features are all crucial for providing better air transportation service to patients in rural regions. REACH Air Medical President, Sean Russell has stated that the new H125 will help them in better serving patients in need.

Aircraft to be Manned by Highly Skilled Air Medical Service Staff

In addition to the aircraft being heavily equipped with high-level features, it will also be operated by a team of highly-skilled paramedics and pilots. REACH takes care to staff both of their Montana bases with highly-qualified teams. Both the Bozeman base and the Helena base have a 24/7 critical care transport team. This team comprises of a pilot, a flight paramedic, and a flight nurse. These highly-skilled clinicians are capable of providing ICU-level medical care to patients in need.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance Permitted to Provide Medical Flight Service at Night

The Civil Aviation Authority has granted permission to Yorkshire Air Ambulance to carry out their medical flight service operations at night. The approval was given after the air ambulance charity underwent an inspection to determine their capability to carry out night flights. They will now be able to extend their hours of operation.

Two Helicopters for Night Flights

Yorkshire Air Ambulance will be using their two helicopters – both Airbus H145 – to respond to incidents both during daytime and at night. During the weekdays, these helicopters will be in operation between 6AM and 12midnight. And on the weekends, they will operate till 10PM.

Crew members will be equipped with night-vision goggles, which they can use for the evening flights. They underwent several months of thorough training on Night Vision Imaging System flying.  According to the Director of Aviation, Captain Andy Lister, Yorkshire Air Ambulance was only granted permission for night flights after this lengthy training.

Night-Time Medical Flight Service to Begin Immediately

Yorkshire Air Ambulance will be able to start their night time operations immediately. Their crew will now be able to respond to incidents even after dark. This can be crucial especially during the winter, when the sun sets much earlier.

The NVIS goggles will help the pilots and navigational crew in identifying hazards or obstructions during flight and landing. Each of their medical flight service helicopters will also have two paramedics onboard. They too will be trained to wear and use the NVIS goggles. According to Captain Lister, all crew members of the charity will likely have NVIS operations approval by the end of October.

Night vision technology has already been utilized by other air ambulance charities in England such as the East Anglican Air Ambulance and the Great North Air Ambulance.

Air Ambulance Company in Hawaii to Acquire Only Competition: Possible Spike in Air Ambulance Services Fees

Air Medical Group Holdings Inc., which controls one of two air ambulance services in Hawaii, is planning to buy out its only competition. This could likely result in a monopoly of medical transportation in the islands. The firm currently owns Hawaii Life Flight and is intending to buy American Medical Response, which owns AMR Air Hawaii.

Reduction in Competition Likely to Increase Prices

The two companies are signing a $2.4 billion deal in which AMR Air Hawaii and Hawaii Life Flight will be controlled by Air Medical Group Holdings Inc. This means there’s no more competition for the company and this will likely increase the cost of air ambulance services in Hawaii.

According to state Rep. Angus McKelvey, this new acquisition can lead to serious ramifications in which healthcare consumers will be put at a disadvantage. Air ambulance is a lifeline service for residents in the islands and those who need to be transported by planes and helicopters are often in critical situations. If there’s any interruption in that lifeline it could be highly devastating for families.

How Expensive Could Air Ambulance Services Get

Hawaii Life Flight was on the receiving end of a lawsuit filed last year by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. The lawsuit claimed that the air ambulance company was charging exorbitant fees for their services and cost significantly higher than services rendered by AMR Air Hawaii.

There’s a difference of several thousand dollars between the fees charged by the two services for similar flights, with AMR Air Hawaii’s fees being much lower. In December 2013, an emergency flight from Hilo to Oahu by Hawaii Life Flight cost a total of $70,580. Their base rate for the flight was $16,411 with a $219 charge for each mile. This means there was a mileage cost of $54,139.

On the other hand, AMR Air Hawaii had been charging $14,000 for base rate and $25 for each mile. So the same flight would have cost around $20,000.