Aircraft Configuration for Comfort
Our Learjet 45 air ambulances are uniquely configured to provide additional space, accommodating the comfortable transportation of patients weighing up to 170kg.
Loading Challenges Addressed
A significant challenge in transporting overweight patients is their safe boarding onto the aircraft. The Learjet 45 air ambulances have innovatively addressed this by allowing diagonal loading for patients with a maximum shoulder-hip diameter of 73 cm (29 inches).
On-Board Comfort and Care
Once aboard, overweight patients often prefer an upright seating position to facilitate easier breathing. This is crucial as many obese patients exhibit increased metabolic basal rates, leading to higher oxygen consumption and pronounced breathing.
Commercial Airliners vs. Air Ambulance
Commercial airliners often impose restrictions on obese passengers, sometimes necessitating the purchase of an extra seat. In cases of injury or illness, air ambulance transportation emerges as a logical, compassionate choice for insurers.
For optimal care and safety, air ambulance providers need accurate details about the patient's condition, weight, and diameter. This information is vital not just for the air crew but also for ground ambulances and medical teams involved in the patient's transport chain.
Investing in Advanced Equipment
We are committed to enhancing its services for overweight patients. Investments include specialized equipment like armrest extensions (up to 63cm width), appropriately sized CPAP masks, ultrasound tools for venous access, non-standard blood pressure cuffs, fingertip pulse oximeters, and splints. These tools are designed to treat and monitor overweight patients effectively during their journey.