Jun 30, 2022
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UMeN: Bluedot's Global Network of Emergency Professionals

The Universal Medical Escort Network (UMeN) is a pioneering global network of emergency medical professionals available on-call for medical transfers worldwide. They’re connected via our digital platform that enables quick access and real-time updates on available opportunities and missions. Their experience, skills, and qualifications are thoroughly vetted by Bluedot’s senior aeromedical professionals to ensure consistently high quality of service on every medical journey, including air ambulances and medical escort services.

Aeromedical professionals come with a number of qualifications. Masters in Aviation Medicine or certifications in Aero Medical Transportation are major specializations. Aviation Medicine combines aspects of preventive, occupational, environmental, and clinical medicine with the physiology and psychology of humans in flight. It focuses on discovering and preventing various adverse physiological responses to hostile biological and physical stresses encountered in aerospace environments.

For example, Aeromedical Transportation specialists screen for the risk of myocardial infarction (heart attacks), epilepsy, etc. which may lead to hazardous conditions at higher altitudes. The goal of the Aeromedical Examination is to protect the life and health of pilots and passengers by making a reasonable medical assurance that an individual is fit to fly.

While Aeromedical Transportation or Aviation medicine specialists are widely found in military and aerospace contexts, Air Ambulance services also deploy civilian specialists concerned with protecting crew and patients who are transported by AirEvac or Medevac aircraft such as helicopters or fixed-wing airplanes. Dr. Mohammed Afsal, Bluedot’s Medical Director and co-founder is one such civilian specialist, who has successfully completed more than 250 interstate and international patient transfers across the US, Europe, Middle Eastern Countries, and Southeast Asian Countries.

His qualifications read as follows: Emergency Flight Physician with a Masters in Emergency Medicine from George Washington University, USA, and a fellowship in aeromedical services from the UK. Dr. Afsal is an American Heart Association-certified BLS, ACLS, and PALS Instructor and an American College of Surgeons certified ATLS provider, with a special interest in Critical Care Aeromedical & Ground medical transport.

Equally important team members on an aeromedical flight are qualified and experienced flight nurses. They are skilled in assessing patient needs and developing and implementing emergency medical transfer nursing care plans.

Flight nurses have a few certifications to be eligible: The first is the Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN). Aside from this, flight nurses are usually expected to have the following certifications: Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Transport Professional Advanced Trauma Course (TPATC), Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) or Critical Care Nurse (CCRN) strongly preferred until CFRN certification is completed.

Rightly qualified, skilled and well-trained aeromedical professionals are the asset of any good air ambulance service. At Bluedot, we assess, verify, train and deploy the best of them for missions that demand credentials as well as personal qualities such as humanitarian principles, ethics, and an open, global outlook. If you’re a medical professional interested in being part of the UMeN network, please talk to a Bluedot representative to know more. You can call our support center 24×7 or chat by WhatsApp at +971 55 188 1441

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