High-risk patient air transport refers to the transportation of patients who require specialized care and monitoring during transit due to their critical condition, illness, or injury. These patients may include those with severe medical conditions, trauma patients, critically ill patients, or patients requiring intensive care support.
The transport is typically conducted by highly trained medical professionals, such as paramedics, nurses, or critical care specialists. These professionals have the skills and knowledge necessary to provide advanced medical care and intervention during the transport process.
For the air transport of high-risk patients, several precautions must be taken. Firstly, an experienced specialist must be present on board who is knowledgeable about the specific condition or illness of the patient. For example, a cardiologist may be present for cardiac patients or an intensive care physician for transplant patients. These specialists can provide immediate care and respond quickly to any changes in the patient’s condition.
Additionally, the necessary equipment, such as cardiac monitors or ventilators, should be available on board to ensure the patient’s stability during transport. The medical department provides detailed information to the medical team in advance, ensuring they are well-prepared and knowledgeable about any specific treatments or interventions that may be required.
In the case of patients with “exotic” infections, appropriate precautions are taken. Doctors wear gloves, face masks, and special protective clothing if necessary, and disinfection is carried out using the appropriate agents. Swabs are also regularly done after flights to maintain a high standard of hygiene.
Regarding infected high-risk patients from epidemic areas, there are specific algorithms in place to determine if a flight is indicated. Flights for these patients may only be offered by a few companies, ensuring that all necessary protocols and safety measures are followed.
The primary goal of high-risk patient air transport is to safely and efficiently transport the patient from one location to another while providing continuous medical care and monitoring to ensure the best possible outcome for the patient.