Pre-flight Medical Clearance
EAA repatriates hundreds of sick and injured people each year - but before an air ambulance mission can get off the ground, every patient must receive clearance from our medical team.
As soon as we receive a request for assistance at our Mission Control Centre, we begin gathering and clarifying details about the patient and his/her situation. These are passed to our medical experts, who make a decision based on a number of factors including: the current hospital/doctor’s reports; discussions with the medical team treating the patient; further tests if necessary; and an assessment of the patient’s location and access to assistance on the ground.
Every case is evaluated individually using a risk/benefit assessment, where the risk in transport is judged against the benefit of repatriation – or simply stated, would flying home put the patient at greater risk than if they remained abroad.
At European Air Ambulance A we are confident in our ability to safely transport the vast majority of patients. However, the more detailed and accurate the information we receive beforehand, both medical and logistical, the better we can judge what is in the patient’s best interests - and the quicker we can plan a personalised, safe and speedy transfer home. We therefore ask those requesting assistance for as many details as possible about the patient, including: