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Prepare for Air Ambulance Trip

air-ambulanceDepending on your needs preparing for an air ambulance trip can be a stressful time. If you are in an emergency situation you may not have the help and the time to react to the many things you will need. The most important thing to remember is we are here for you. You may not be able to be prepared but our air ambulance staff is trained for anything and everything (and believe me we’ve seen it all).

It is also vital for you to remember to be calm if you need an air ambulance. We will make sure to ask the right questions to ensure that you have all the tools you need for your air ambulance trip. We can also answer your questions to help you prepare for your trip. There are ways to speed up the process if you are in a non-life-threatening situation, however, and we have a short checklist to help you prepare.

  • When calling let us know your location and where you need to go. To give a proper quote knowing locations is important for accuracy. We can also help coordinate locations if you aren’t sure.
  • Give as many details as possible about your needs. Are you in a dangerous situation (like a natural disaster) or do you have non-emergency needs? Many air ambulance patients need immediate service, while others have scheduled surgeries and specific dates/times they need to travel (like an organ transplant).
  • If possible have your medical history available so we can evaluate your condition to travel. This will help us know which medical personnel to assign to your flight.
  • If you are calling for a quote have your insurance information available so we can let you know what you qualify for. If you are traveling and have traveler’s insurance have that information handy as well. We can also help you coordinate and talk with insurance specialists.
  • Let us know if you will have a family member traveling with you. Your air ambulance flight will be customized for you so we need to know the exact number of people traveling.
  • Tell us if you need ground transportation once we arrive at the chosen destination. We offer bedside to bedside services upon request.

Our staff takes pride is going the extra mile for our patients and we will apply that same care to you. We are available any time and any day if you need us. You can learn more about our air ambulance services and get more tips to help you prepare by following us on Twitter.

Air Ambulance Targeted by Laser

air-ambulanceToday we came upon a story that a major impact on the air ambulance industry and it points to a troubling sign of the times. News out of Ireland this weekend was an air ambulance was attacked by someone pointing a laser at it. These kinds of laser strikes are becoming more common world-wide and we want to take time to highlight the dangers lasers can be for air ambulance pilots as well as commercial flights.

In this weekend’s case in Ireland the air ambulance was transporting a sick infant who was being moved to a different hospital for urgent treatment. Every life is precious to those of us in the air ambulance industry, however when an air ambulance comes under attack and an infant in on board it is even more sickening.

According to the pilots of this particular air ambulance they were scheduled to land about 10 minutes prior to the attack when suddenly they were blinded by the laser. The pilots of the helicopter said the laser was unavoidable and was like “looking into a bright green sun.

Most people don’t realize the harm they are causing when the point a laser in the sky. Whether intentional or a prank pointing a laser into the sky can easily cause a crash. Like these air ambulance pilots noted, when a pilot is blinded is has a severe impact on their ability to concentrate. In most situations the pilots of the air ambulance have no choice but to continue on with the flight.

Some pilots, depending on time of day and other factors will need to use night vision goggles. If someone strikes an air ambulance when a pilot has goggles on it can increase the dangers because the goggles are designed to intensify available light sources.

The FAA reports that the number of laser strikes against air craft has climbed sharply in the last decade with over 3,960 incidents last year alone. Attacking an air ambulance or other air craft is a serious federal offense and more and more cases are being prosecuted with stiff penalties for the attacker. In March a California man was sentenced to 14 years in prison for pointing a laser at a helicopter.

Fortunately this weekend’s attack on an air ambulance had a happy ending, with the infant safely reaching the hospital to receive care the young patient sorely needs. However one small factor could have changed the outcome of the flight thanks to one careless criminal. It’s our hope that governments world-wide continue to crack down on these attacks and people understand the damage their carelessness can cause.

Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness

air-ambulance-servicesWe are entering some of the hottest months of the summer in the United States and rest of the Northern Hemisphere. With the increase in heat and humidity our air ambulance services are often called to help with someone suffering from a heat-related illness. Signs of heat exhaustion can come rapidly and can affect anyone from an outdoor worker to someone spending time working in the garden. Heat-related illness can strike anyone, regardless of age or physical condition, however children and the elderly are more at risk.

The first key to preventing heat-related illness is to stop it at the source. There are several steps you can take to avoid suffering in the heat. First you should always wear loose-fitting and lightweight clothing. Make sure the clothes you wear are light colored. Darker colored clothes will hold the heat in and will prevent your body from cooling.

Another important part of your wardrobe for the outdoors in the summer months should include a lightweight, wide-brimmed hat. If you don’t have a hat use an umbrella or something else to protect you from the sun. Always wear sunscreen to avoid sunburn. Frequent sunburn can have dangerous long term effects but it will also reduce your body’s ability to cool down.

When you are outdoors in the heat hydration is the most important way to avoid heat-related illness. Staying hydrated allows your body to sweat, which is the best way for your body to  maintain a healthy temperature. Stick with water and avoid alcoholic beverages.

If you are traveling to a climate that is much warmer or if there is a sudden rise in the heat or humidity at home give your body a chance to get used to the heat. Don’t attempt any vigorous activity until you’ve been outdoors and had time to adapt. Our air ambulance services are often called upon because people who push their bodies (i.e. running) take it too far in a different climate.

Many people equate heat exhaustion with heat stroke however the latter is a much more serious result of the former. If you start to feel the effects of the weather get into an air conditioned building as soon as possible and get water into your system. Wait about 30 minutes to see how you respond. If you don’t feel better go to the emergency room.

At Travel Care our air ambulance services are here to help with any illness that may strike. Our air ambulance services are available no matter what the day to bring you home to receive the care you deserve. Our air ambulance services include staff members that will take care of your needs as well as the needs of your family. For more health and travel safety tips follow us on Twitter.

Signs of a Concussion

air-ambulanceSince it’s officially summer and most kids are out of school the risk of injuries, especially head injuries usually increase this time of the year. Adults are more susceptible this time of the year as well. A fall on the street or down stairs can lead to serious head problems especially if you ignore any potential problems. Concussions can be hard to identify and symptoms are usually subtle and not immediately apparent. In some cases concussions can happen in remote areas meaning an air ambulance may be required. There are vital things to watch out for if someone hits their head to see if they have a concussion or not.

There are immediate things to look out for when you think you might have a concussion. Headaches are a common first warning sign of a concussion, however not all headaches suffered if you hit your head necessarily mean you have a concussion. If, however, your headache is followed by a groggy feeling, nausea or vomiting, slurred speech, or having trouble answering basic questions, a concussion may be present.

According to the Mayo Clinic there are several signs for a concussion that may take a few hours to appear. These symptoms include concentration or memory troubles, mood changes like becoming more irritable and trouble with sleeping. Trouble with sleeping could mean you are sleeping a lot more than usual or a lot less. You may also notice an increased sensitivity to light and/or noise and problems with taste and smell. An untreated concussion can also lead to psychological issues over time like adjustment problems or depression.

Concussion symptoms in children may take on a few different forms than adults might experience. Children that appear dazed or tire easily may have suffered a concussion. Children with a concussion may have trouble walking or develop a lack of interest in a few of their favorite toys. Children may also cry more and be more irritable.

If you think you might have a concussion it is important to seek help. Our air ambulance has been used in cases where people have accidents in remote areas and concussions are a concern. If you are able to have someone take you to the doctor it is always best to do so within a few hours, especially if a child may have a concussion.

At Travel Care our air ambulance is ready to help you in your time of need. If you are in a remote area and have a fall, whether you are hiking or for any other reason, you may need an air ambulance to get the care you need. Don’t hesitate to contact us anytime and we will be able to answer your air ambulance questions and provide you with a free quote. For more about our air ambulance experts and for more health tips follow us on Twitter.

Air Ambulance Stories: Support Molly Deimeke

air-ambulanceThe most recent air ambulance mission conducted by Travel Care Air is one of the more unique trips that we have undergone in our 30+ years in business. We had the honor of helping the Deimeke family bring home their daughter Molly who was recently injured while traveling in Bangkok. The trip home for Molly spanned several different countries all in a very dramatic 24 hour period for her and her family as well as our air ambulance staff. Behind the scenes local and national media and the help of friends and total strangers lifted the spirits of everyone involved.

Deimeke was traveling in Laos and was injured when she fell off the back of a cab. She had no ID but the friends she made would eventually track down her hotel information and make sure that she was taken care of and her family was notified. Deimeke suffered serious head trauma as well as broken ribs, and was eventually transported to a hospital in Bangkok for care.

Her mom made the trip to Bangkok to be with Molly however the family knew they wanted her back home so they could have a less difficult time caring for her. The family reached out to us about our air ambulance and the trip was set up to bring Molly home.

While we were coordinating with the family to set up the air ambulance local and national news began getting word about the injuries suffered by Molly and the cost it was going to take to bring her home. Friends and family set up the “Love for Molls” fundraiser to help the family with the costs associated with bringing her home. The outpouring of support from everyone from close family and friends to total strangers has thus far raised over $26,000 however it is still a long ways from the goal.

The family booked the trip and on Thursday our air ambulance journey began. The trip would eventually lead to stops in four different countries and three different states before reaching its destination in St. Louis, Missouri.

At 8:30 am Bangkok time the air ambulance left and would eventually reach Manila in the Philippines later that day. Then the next air ambulance flight reached its destination in the Marshall Islands before reaching US soil in Honolulu Hawaii. The air ambulance mission then went to Salinas California and finally at 5:00 am Friday morning Molly and her family were reunited in St. Louis.

Remarkably enough, this air ambulance mission was only a half hour off its scheduled arrival time of 4:30 am. Considering all the stops along the way and the logistics of the trip the staff and everyone involved at each airport should be commended for the job they did.

Thanks to the care of the air ambulance staff at Travel Care, Molly is home getting the care she needs with her friends and family by her side. Her journey is far from over, however, and the family needs your help. You can help Molly’s family by donating to the “Love for Molls” campaign today. Visit the link to the campaign here.

5 Affordable Ways to Eat Healthy

1169369_24358378We have heard, and it is true, that eating healthy can be difficult if you have a small budget. The cheapest food in our country is also the most processed, the most saturated with fat and the food most likely to contain more bad stuff than good stuff. But there is good news: There are several ways to bypass the bad stuff and replace it with healthy alternatives. It’s all about the choices that you make and we’re here to help with several tips to start you on a healthy path.

1. Get rid of Sugary Drinks

Sodas and imitation fruit juices are nothing but sugary junk and they can also be pretty expensive. Replace the sodas and other sugary options with healthier alternatives like water or green tea. Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages you can drink and it’s cheaper to buy dozens of green tea bags than it is soda. The cheapest of all beverages is water and it’s the most necessary.

2. Eat More Oats

Oats are rich is antioxidants and fiber and are  more affordable to buy than packaged cereals. A pound of oats costs about as much as the cost of a box of cereal. Oats have been proven to lower cholesterol and can also help ward off nasty diseases thanks to its antimicrobial activity. Dress up your oats with some fresh fruit or a little brown sugar and enjoy!

3. Buy Whole Foods

It may not be the easiest option but buying whole foods is more affordable than processed foods and much better for your health. Avoid anything that comes in a box as much as possible and make your own meals at home. For a time saver cook large pots of food that you can freeze and eat later.

4. Purchase Frozen Fruits and Veggies

Frozen fruits and veggies can cost as much as 50% of fresh options and they will last longer. Most frozen fruits and veggies are flash frozen right after picking, meaning they retain much of their vitamins and minerals. Again, watch out for processed options (like veggies smothered with a cheese sauce).

5. Don’t Forget Beans

Beanså and lentils cost around $2 per pound and are a less-expensive and healthier alternative to meats. Beans and lentils are the perfect food because they also provide lots of fiber and several other key nutrients like calcium, potassium and magnesium. Studies have shown people on a bean diet have a reduced risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and breast and colon cancers.

Air Ambulances Hurricane Rescue Tips

air-ambulancesThis week we are looking at ways to prepare you for hurricane season. Our air ambulances have often been used in times of natural disaster to rescue people who are unable to escape weather-related emergencies by ground. Most of the areas that are the most hurricane prone are islands, whether they are in the United States or in other places around the world. Some areas may turn into islands because of flooding or road blocks due to the hurricane. If you become trapped on an island during a hurricane our air ambulances can help and there are several ways you can prepare for a rescue.

If you are stuck in a hurricane it is important to prepare for the need to be rescued. Although air ambulances and other means of rescue will asses the locations with local and regional government and police, you still need to make rescue teams aware you need help.

Make sure to have a cell phone that is completely charged before and during the storm so you can make a phone call if needed for air ambulances or other means of help. If you don’t have a cell phone you can buy a disposable phone at most locations. If you’re traveling on vacation it may be a good idea to make the purchase just in case, especially if you are visiting a hurricane-prone area and there is even the slightest threat. Make sure the phone will work in the area you are traveling to. If you aren’t sure hold off and buy a phone at your destination.

Many places will offer shelters to protect you from the storm. If you’re unable to evacuate and there is a shelter open take advantage of the opportunity. The shelters will have staff and locals who are more adapt at how to handle weather emergencies. Shelters will also have a communication plan in place with local authorities.

Always remember to stay calm after the storm has passed. Rescue crews and air ambulances will likely need time to take care of everyone. Prepare in advance with at least three days worth of food and water stored in a safe place at the highest point in the home or shelter.

At Travel Care our air ambulances are always ready to help in your time of need. If you find yourself in the aftermath of a hurricane and need to be rescued we can help. It’s especially important to look to air ambulances if you suffer any injuries due to to the storm. Air ambulances will have the medical equipment you need to be treated and escape to safety and the hospital. For more information please join us on Twitter.

Air Ambulance Safety: Hurricanes

air-ambulanceToday marks the official start to hurricane season in the United States. Several times per year an air ambulance is needed in desperate situations during and following a hurricane. Hurricane season is a time to be on alert for our friends along the coasts and we hope for another mild season. Our air ambulance can be used to help people who become trapped in a hurricane however there are several steps you can take to ensure an air ambulance won’t be necessary.

When a hurricane strikes most people evacuate the affected area and move inland to a safe place. In some cases people choose to stay at home and ride the hurricane out. No matter what you should always listen to what the local authorities tell you. If an evacuation is mandatory you should take that seriously and do your best to leave. However for personal or financial reasons many people do not take the local advice and instead stay put. Knowing this our air ambulance services are ready to be called into action should someone need us.

If you stay during a hurricane make sure to protect your resources. Take pictures and video of your home before the storm hits and keep your personal ID, credit cards and other important financial items in a watertight container with your emergency supplies. Also make sure you have extra cash on hand for any emergencies that may arise. Stock up on canned goods and other food to last you at least three days. Have a first aid kit and clean clothes that you can easily access.

Prepare your home for the pending storm by covering all of the windows with shutters or plywood. Talk with your family and have an emergency plan. This is especially important if you have children so they can know where you should meet in an emergency. Turn your refrigerator to the coldest setting and leave the door closed as much as possible. When the power goes out this will help the life of the food. Unplug all small appliances and make sure you have at least one fully charged cell phone ready to use at a moment’s notice. You should also fill a bathtub and as many clean large containers you can with water for sanitary purposes.

Ride the storm out in a small interior room or closet. Ideally you should have somewhere to go that does not have windows. Keep a battery powered radio handy to have to listen to important local updates. A battery powered TV would work as well. Avoid anything that needs power. Keep extra batteries handy. You should also have flashlights available for each member of your house.

These tips will help you ride out a hurricane, however many people still need help. An air ambulance can be used to rescue you in your time of the need if you are trapped in a hurricane. Whether you are on an island or mainland if disaster strikes an air ambulance can help. Travel Care Air is always available, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to assist you in your time of need. For more safety tips and to learn more about our air ambulance services, follow our Pinterest boards.

Vaccinations to get When Traveling

international-air-ambulanceTraveling can mean opening up your immune system to illnesses rarely seen in the United States, however that shouldn’t scare you away from world travel and the chance to explore other nations and cultures. There are several ways you can protect yourself from harm when traveling abroad and vaccines can help prevent illness.

Travel vaccines are shots that you can get before you big trip that will help protect you from serious illnesses. In most cases it is rare not to get vaccinations before you travel abroad. No matter what country you are visiting, from stable nations to third world countries, there are some diseases your body hasn’t been exposed to.

The best way to research what vaccinations you’ll need is to start online by visiting the Centers for Disease Control’s website which has a special “Traveler’s Health” area with information on what you’ll need to get vaccinated for based on what country you are visiting. The CDC website also includes travel advisories that may be important to your planning. If you are visiting multiple countries make sure to keep a list based on each area.

Most vaccinations are broken down in three different types. Routine vaccinations are typical for the US population and your doctor can make sure you’re up to date. Recommended vaccines are travel vaccinations that can protect you in areas where there is immediate risk for catching an illness. Lastly, required vaccinations are necessary to enter some countries based on common illnesses in that part of the world.

Before you set up appointments for your vaccinations make sure to talk with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant, breast-feeding or have other medical conditions that could put you at risk. Your doctor will supply important information to travel medicine specialists who will determine the medications or vaccinations you’ll need for your trip.

You will most likely be able to find a travel medicine clinic in your area that will specialize in the types of vaccinations you will need before boarding your plane. Certain vaccinations (like a yellow fever vaccine if you’re traveling to Africa) can only be obtained at official vaccination centers. You will also get an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis that you will need to keep with your passport information. Make your appointment at least a month prior to your trip to give the vaccines time to start working.

Travel Care Air is here for you if you become ill while traveling abroad. Our international air ambulance services can be called upon should an illness strike and you need to come home. For more information about our international air ambulance services follow us on Twitter.

FAQ’s About EMS Workers

air-ambulanceIt’s EMS workers week and we’re saluting all air ambulance and ground transport EMS workers here at Travel Air Care. Emergency medical services workers are the lifeblood of emergency situations, often called upon to handle things at a moments notice with nerves of steel. The EMS worker is the lifeblood of disaster response and constantly put themselves in risky situations to try to save lives. EMS workers can include first responders as well as paramedics, emergency medical technicians and others in the industry who are called upon in emergency situations.

If you’re not familiar with EMS workers role’s in saving lives it is an industry where only the strong survive. EMS workers are typically on call for long periods and work long hours and unpredictable schedules. They are called upon to save lives in harsh climates and bad weather. They are also the first responders during terrorist attacks and other large scale events. Air ambulance EMS workers must also work in difficult terrain and may have to deal with cultural barriers as well.

According to a 2011 survey conducted by the CDC a total of 826,000 people are licensed and credentialed EMS professionals in the United States. Many of these people work for low pay compared to others in the health care industry. In some areas of the United States EMS workers may even be volunteers, working for free to help people in need. In fact, out of those 800,000+ professionals, only 207,000 EMS professionals are listed as full-time workers. In May of 2012 the average salary for a full time EMS worker was just over $31,000.

EMS workers also work tireless when off-duty to study their craft and keep up with changing technology and disease. EMS workers have to consistently adapt and the best value their ability to deliver high quality care. EMS workers also try to create relationships between the patient and doctors and form meaningful connections with family members and patients, often acting as psychologists to calm people in dangerous situations.

This week marks the 40th National EMS Week, and all over the nation local communities are doing their part to say thanks for all the selfless EMS workers in their areas. EMS Week started in 1974 by then President Gerald Ford and it has been observed continuously since 1982.

The people who work as emergency medical services providers are some of the best in the world at what they do. Sometimes EMS workers get lost in the shuffle. At Travel Care Air we’re proud of our air ambulance staff and we are so proud of our medical team and all the EMS workers out there making a difference and saving lives.

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