Flying Nurses International is an internationally recognized medical escort service that specializes in commercial airline medical transports as a cost-effective alternative to air ambulance.
While a commercial airline stretcher service exists on some international flights, it is not currently available anywhere in the United States. Moreover, it is often cost-prohibitive and uncomfortable for patients.
Commercial airline stretcher service involves setting up a platform on the backs of seats within the Economy class section. A gurney is placed on this platform, allowing limited space between the patient and the luggage compartment above.
This arrangement has several drawbacks and is generally not recommended for the following reasons:
Narrow Frame and Thin Pad: The airline stretcher kit features a slim frame and thin pad, which can compromise patient comfort and support.
Limited Mobility and Repositioning: The patient must be secured with multiple straps across their chest and legs, resulting in restricted mobility. This narrow width makes turning or repositioning the patient during the journey difficult.
Respiratory Restrictions and Comfort: The stretcher's head and back support rise approximately 12 inches, preventing the patient from sitting reasonably upright. This limitation can hinder respiratory efforts and overall comfort.
Limited Accessibility for Caregivers: Placing the stretcher along the window restricts the nurse's ability to care for the patient to only one side. While a privacy curtain is available, the nurse must always maintain visual contact with the patient, exposing their care to multiple passengers.
Flying Nurses International understands the challenges patients face requiring medical transport, particularly when it comes to commercial airline travel. We prioritize your well-being and ensure a comfortable and safe medical escort experience. However, upon evaluating your medical transport needs and consulting with your healthcare providers, we can assist in securing authorization for stretcher service if deemed medically necessary.
This process involves obtaining approval from the airline's medical department which requires the completion and approval of a detailed medical clearance form. The authorization process may take between seventy-two hours to two weeks, depending on the airline's policies and procedures.
Our dedicated team of air medical escorts works closely with you and your healthcare providers to facilitate the necessary arrangements and ensure your journey is as seamless and comfortable as possible. We understand the unique requirements of medical escort services and are committed to providing the highest quality care throughout your travel experience.
Please contact Flying Nurses International to discuss your specific medical escort needs and allow us to assist you in arranging the most suitable and comfortable transportation option available.