Luxembourg, 14 September 2011 - A key component in any wing to wing air ambulance transfers is linear concise and clear communication from all parties involved in the mission. As mentioned previously, any number of variables can have a significant impact on the transport of the patient. Some of these are: weather, aircraft routing, mechanical issues, and patient deterioration in flight. The numerous departments involved planning the logistics, communication remains crucial in the successful execution of the mission.
Skyservice Air Ambulance received the request for transport on September 12, 2011, from our partner EAA.
The EAA Learjet 35 aircraft landed safely in Montreal and the plane was towed inside a hanger ensure a safe warm environment for the patient transfer.
Prior to the EAA aircraft landing, the Skyservice Air Ambulance pilots and medical crew had prepared the aircraft in advance to ensure a smooth transfer of care.
The flight physician of EAA handed over care to our physician and transport team and the transfer of the patient was completed without incident. A complete medical assessment of the patient was done by the Skyservice medical team prior to take off, ensuring that the patient’s condition was unchanged and the patient was prepped for take- off.
The medical condition of the patient remained virtually unchanged during the transport from Afghanistan to the final destination of Columbia, Missouri.
Upon landing in destination, Customs Officials greeted the aircraft and the patient was off loaded and transferred to an awaiting ambulance the medical team accompanied the patient to the final destination.
The final transfer of care was completed at the receiving hospital in destination, where a medical team and specialists received the patient, and were his care was continued until his discharge.
The success of any wing to wing transport is updated and timely communication, this is done to ensure that the optimal care is given to the patient and that preparation between transporters is done before receiving care of the patient.