Medical Escort on Commercial Airlines
Every week our clinical teams, be it nurse-only or full teams, transport patients to and from New Zealand from every point around the world on-board commercial airlines.
Our Global Commercial Medical Escort Service includes provision of medical escorts, travel arrangements such as ground transfers and assistance with medical clearances from the airlines.
Commercial repatriation via business or first class is an excellent viable option for patients who can sit during take-off and landing, require minimal interventions and are clinically stable.
Our medical escorts have aeromedical training and provide appropriate patient monitoring throughout the flight. All our registered nurses hold Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) qualifications and work under the direction of our medical directors.
Pre-Approval to fly: All airlines require a medical clearance form to be completed before a passenger with a medical condition can fly. Our team can assist with this process; generally advanced notification of 24 - 72 hours is required prior to the flight to ensure clearance.
Use of Medical Equipment: In-flight use of medical equipment must first be accepted by the medical department of each airline, who review the specifications and manufacturer of each device. All our equipment is FAA approved and accepted by most airlines.
Use of Oxygen: Supplemental oxygen may be necessary to compensate for the decrease in cabin oxygen levels. The airline can provide limited oxygen in flight, and our service can provide portable oxygen concentrators to support patients at departure, layovers and arrival on the ground. We will assist in determining the most appropriate option for your medical transport needs and can arrange continuous oxygen throughout your journey.
International Commercial Stretcher
Commercial stretcher transport is a safe, cost effective solution for repatriation of those patients that clinically qualify. Our team can arrange through selected commercial airlines for a stretcher to be fitted into the aircraft to allow us to care for a patient inflight without the need for a private air ambulance.