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Heathrow Air Ambulance Plays Critical Role in Some Medical Emergencies

In a medical emergency the provision of a high level of medical care becomes critical. The fast and timely movement of patients to hospital or from one medical facility to another can be of critical importance.

Sometimes the medical emergency can occur far from any hospital. Sometimes the distance between hospitals, where a patient needs an emergency operation at a better equipped hospital, may be far. That is when the services of an emergency air rescue service that provides an airborne ambulance become vital.

There are people who owe their lives to having been transported to hospital quickly in a well-equipped air ambulance cared for by a doctor and flight nurses with intensive care training and experience.

They may have been attacked by a wild animal in a game park or had an accident while on holiday in a remote part of the country or in a far country.

They may have had a heart attack and been admitted to a local hospital but be in need of an urgent heart operation that cannot be performed in that country and be in too poor a condition to fly back to the UK for the operation on a regular flight.

It should come as a relief to know that the UK  has a dedicated air ambulance, operated by Heathrow Air Ambulance Service, which can land on short runways of all types – tarmac, gravel or even grass.

The air ambulance is equipped as an intensive care unit. The crew includes a doctor and flight nurse, both of whom have advanced cardiovascular life support and intensive care training and experience.

Their dedicated air ambulance is an aircraft equipped as an air ambulance that is used exclusively for medical emergencies.

International insurance companies insist on the use of a dedicated air ambulance for medical evacuations that they cover.

Heathrow Air Ambulance Service air ambulance airlifts critically ill patients from anywhere in the UK or elsewhere in Europe, USA, Middle and Far East, Africa, BRIC and the MINT countries.

The UK is well placed geographically to transport patients in need of emergency medical treatment from countries and to the US which is where many are taken for emergency operations.

The cabin of the Heathrow Air Ambulance Service dedicated air ambulance is pressurised, which is an important factor when evacuating critically ill patients, especially those with head, chest or traumatic injuries.

Like ground ambulances, the aircraft is equipped with medical equipment vital for monitoring and treating injured or ill patients.

It has been fitted with state-of-the-art intensive care facilities, including what is probably the most modern defibrillator in the country, capable of being used not only to provide an electrical impulse to restart a stopped heart but to slow down or speed up the heart rate and check blood pressure and temperature.

The installed lifepoart includes piping for oxygen and suction. The ventilator in the air ambulance can be used to keep both adult and child patients breathing.

The equipment is portable. Most of it can continue working for up to four hours without needing the battery to be recharged. This makes it possible to use some of it outside the aircraft while transporting a patient from the aircraft to hospital.

The aircraft can take two stretchers but will normally only be fitted with one, since in most cases it is a single patient who requires emergency evacuation.

VHF or satellite radios and mobile phones with roaming facilities enable the air ambulance crew to communicate with ground staff and the hospital to which the patient is being taken.

On landing, the patient is transferred to a waiting ambulance vehicle. The doctor and flight nurse who have been with the patient on the flight accompany him or her in the ambulance to the hospital.

The fuel efficient aircraft can fly at up to 480 kilometres per hour for up to six hours without refuelling. It can fly above the weather at an altitude of up to 29 000 feet above sea level. After every flight the interior of the air ambulance is disinfected and the linen changed.

Emergency air ambulance services are among the benefits of a number of packages offered by various medical aid societies. Heathrow Air Ambulance Service provides this benefit for members who are on private hospital and medical insurance packages.

The crucial elements that an air ambulance service needs to provide are a high level of expert patient care, the equipment and medication necessary for a patient in a critical condition and an aircraft that is pressurised, can fly above the weather and can land and take off on any type of short runway.

All of these elements are important, which is why the company has acquired advanced lear jet aircraft for its dedicated air ambulance, equipped it with the latest intensive care equipment and resuscitation drugs, provided good communications equipment for both air-to-ground and ground-to-ground communication, and hired doctors and nurses with both training and experience in advanced cardiovascular life support and intensive care.

Most people will never need medical air rescue. However, nobody knows whether they will need it and, if they do, when that will be. When they do need it they really will need it and need it fast.

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Read more about HAA in Heathrow Air Ambulance Service Improves Its Private Ambulance Services

Travel Insurance Is Annoying But Necessary

Travel insurance is an insurance policy that covers different problems that can sometimes be connected with traveling. This insurance covers cancellation of trip due to illness, personal accident, medical expenses and all other expenses that could arise as a result of loss, damage, injury or difficulty occurring between the dates specified in the policy at the point of purchase.

Indeed, we are talking about a contract here that will be engaged between you the traveler, and the insurance company of which you must pay an amount of money or “premium” to claim certain benefits you’ll require that may or may not be related with traveling. It is very crucial to choose the correct type of policy before traveling with family for vacation or business trip. Make sure the policy you decide to go with provides good coverage in case of delays , cancellations of transportation and lost baggage.

Types of Coverage available in Travel Insurance

You can decide which insurance is best for you and your situation by learning about the various kinds of coverage offered by the insurance companies your familiar with. By simply phoning to get more information you’ll discover the options available for your particular type of trip and destination.

***Please Note: ensure you get more than one opinion if this will be your first time travelling or going to a certain country. We have found several times in travelling that each agent knows different information depending on their experiences and length in the industry, plus depending on your length of travel and location you may want to find someone that’s traveled there lately. Typically each country will have it’s own set of regulations and you’ll step-aroundyour research simply by talking to someone that has done the trip before you. P.S. – if you go this route the person you talk to will also know plenty of the best places to visit and the ones to avoid well to best maximize your time.

Among all the coverage the most important to arrange for is medical expenses. Coverage can also be found for accidents in different sports and adventures like skiing, diving or hiking. Many insurance companies offer different amounts of coverage and some specialize in certain areas so a bit of research may pay off for you depending on your trip.

Some well-known types of coverage with common travel insurance policies are stated below:

Cancellation of Trips: The most common coverage offered by an insurance company and covers non-refundable payments from airlines and other types of transportation routes. Cancellation insurance will cover you if the trip is cancelled or interrupted due to bad weather, illness or any unforeseen circumstance.

Delay of Trips: Expenses that occur in case of the delay of trips can also be covered in your policy.

Personal Liability: Covers a legal liability claims made by others against you for whatever reason.

Medical Expenses: The insurance policy covers manageable medical costs for treatment in hospitals, road ambulance and other treatment done by any registered paramedic, physician, or medical facility in case of any injury or illness during the journey. In some countries the small cost of your policy will pale in comparison to spending one night in a hospital if needed.

The merits of travel insurance are as long as the days on the beaches of Spain, for most it’s the peace of mind that if something does happen they won’t have a dreadfully costly bill to handle down the road.

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Four Essential Travel Accessories

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Whenever you need to travel for business or vacation, you just want to be able to relax and enjoy the trip and enjoy the sights. When it comes time to do the packing for your trip, there’s always the question of what you need to bring.

When it comes to travel accessories, you want to take some essential items, without packing too much. A travel accessory store is a good place to get ideas for items you can bring on a trip.

Here are four travel accessories that you’ll need to take on your trip:

1. Passport Holder – in today’s cautious environment, everyone needs to have a passport, even children. You’ll want to keep your passport in something that will give you easy access to it, so you don’t have to go fumbling for it in your pockets or handbag.

2. Money Belt or Fanny Pack – when it comes to your money, you don’t want to take any chances that thieves will be able to easily steal from you on the road. Thieves are always on the lookout for unwary travelers. A money belt or fanny pack keeps your money close to your body where it would be hard for somebody to quickly open and steal from you without your noticing.

3. Travel First Aid Kit – nobody likes to think about it, but bumps, bruises and more can happen when you’re traveling. Because you are away from home and may not know the system of medical care of the place you’re traveling to, you should always carry a first aid kit with you. Keep your first aid kit in your personal travel accessory bag so you’ll have easy access to it,

And if you have any kind of medical condition, make sure you take along enough medication and supplies to last the entire trip.

4. Travel Alarm Clock – you have got important things to do on your trip and you don’t want to have to rely on a wake up call from the hotel front desk or somebody else – what if they forget?

When you want to make sure you get up on time, purchase a simple travel alarm clock. These are portable, accurate and cheap.

Ambulance Aircraft – Beechcraft Super King Air

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The Beechcraft Super King Air family is part of a line of civilian twin propeller turbo-prop aircraft produced by the Beech Aircraft Corporation (now the Beechcraft Division of Hawker Beechcraft) since 1972. This particularly reliable and versatile aircraft found favour with medical flight transport operators who fitted them internally to assume the air ambulance role.