Medical Repatriation

Apr 30, 2023
3 mins read
medical repatriation

Commercial Flight Stretchers Or Private Jets

Medical repatriation is the process of transporting a person from a foreign land to their country of origin. This is required in the case of emergencies that arise as a result of natural calamities, injuries, or illnesses. Expat patients are transported to their homeland with the support of the respective embassies and consulates.

Patients who may require medical air transportation have diverse options to choose from today, and of these, repatriation by commercial airlines remains popular.

The advantage that commercial aircraft, flight stretcher has over other modes of repatriation are

  • More economical
  • Allows for family members to escort the patient
  • More cabin space and mobility
  • Direct flights allow for faster transportation to destination airports

The key benefit of commercial airlines is the level of comfort they allow patients. Patients are transported on flight stretchers that ideally meet quality standards set by regulatory organizations like the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). The patient is curtained off from the rest of the passengers to ensure privacy while having family and medical staff around to take care of them throughout the journey..

In the case of air ambulance jets, the limited space may not allow more than one or two people to accompany the patient on the journey back home. Commercial airlines allow more family members to travel with the patient, helping reduce stress and comforting the patient. Commercial aircraft also provide ample space for any luggage that the patients and escorts would need to carry.

Another major factor why patients and their families frequently choose commercial flight stretchers over a specialized air ambulance service is the cost of travel. This is especially true for direct flights with no layover or transit.

While the presence of family and more space undoubtedly make patients more comfortable, moving a patient on a commercial airline is more complicated for the medical team, particularly in the case of critical care patients.

The alternative mode of repatriation to commercial flight stretchers is dedicated air ambulance services like Medevac jets.

Air ambulance jets do not have airline-operated medical clearance desks, and therefore negotiating airport procedures, security, and clearing medical equipment and medication is a simpler process. Private ambulances have their internal medical controls to assess how best to transport a patient. 

Air ambulance jets are dedicated aircraft and have the infrastructure to board and store all the required equipment and medication. These service providers are the better option in special cases, like where the patients require a high concentration of oxygen or strong painkillers, which may not be allowed on commercial flights.

The flexibility to schedule flights as required and the convenience of delivering the patient close to the final destination are other key benefits of using dedicated ambulance services.

Air ambulance jets also provide a more private environment to take care of patient needs, with no concern required for the inconvenience to other passengers, as in the case of commercial flights. 

Ultimately, repatriation by commercial airlines or by private air ambulance jets each has some clear benefits. While commercial flight stretchers provide better patient comfort, affordability, and faster arrivals without a layover for refueling, which is often required by air ambulance jets for long journeys, air ambulance jets are the ideal choice for critical care patients and when complex treatment protocols and monitoring is required.

The success of the journey, however, depends on the condition of the patient and the preparedness of the medical staff to overcome the challenges that may arise

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