Medical Travel During the Coronavirus Outbreak

With the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), many are looking for ways to travel while also limiting their contact with others. In addition, travel in and out of the United States and Europe has been severely limited.

Unfortunately, especially in this crisis, medical needs cannot be put on pause. So how can patients get to where they need to go?

The traditional air ambulance and medical flights options are:

  • Private air ambulance
  • Medical escort or medical travel companion
  • Customized medical stretcher aboard commercial airlines

So what if a patient carries an infectious disease or is severely immunocompromised? How is that different?

Typically, in handling patients with infectious diseases like COVID-19, they are encapsulated in a special isolation pod, like the EpiShuttle from EpiGuard. This contains the disease within the isolation unit, guaranteeing safe and comfortable transport for the patient and their caretakers.

Due to the difficulty in transport and limited availability of EpiShuttle and similar systems, we cannot transport patients with diagnosed with COVID-19. We are able to provide medical flights services for all others at this time.

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EpiShuttle patient containment and management system.

There are a few medical flight options available. However, to limit contact with non-medical personnel, we recommend a private air ambulance. When flying privately, you can expect these amenities to help avoid infection:

  • Aircraft are sterilized and disinfected after every medical mission
  • Zero exposure to non-essential personnel: a ground ambulance team picks up the patient and transports them directly to the airplane, where the air ambulance team waits
  • Aircraft are at a private terminal with a private entrance, avoiding security lines and exposure with any people in public terminals

In addition to our current recommendation of private air ambulances, we continue to provide other services where medically appropriate. Reach out to us anytime to see what we can do.

We encourage you to adhere to the current health guidelines set out by health administrators. You can read what the CDC (United States Center for Disease Control) has said about protecting yourself from COVID-19 (Coronavirus) here.

Can patients with Coronavirus be transported?

No, at this time, we cannot transport patients diagnosed with novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Can I still fly if I don’t have Coronavirus?

Yes, at this time, air ambulance services and medical transports for available for all patients except with those diagnosed with COVID-19.

How clean are the aircraft?

Our aircraft are disinfected and sterilized after every flight.

Learn more about medical travel during the pandemic.

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