Emergency Medical Transport

Emergency medical transportation could refer to any type of transport including plane, ambulance and helicopter, which will get people to a medical facility in a rush.

There are a few ways in which medical transport operate, these include: local governments often own these transport companies and thus they only work for the community they serve. Private companies also have contracts with the state at times, but they mostly have ambulance services. Most of the times helicopters are owned by a state owned department.

Ambulances and emergency helicopters need to be staffed by emergency medical technicians, who are trained to give all kinds of care so as to stabilise a patient until he or she arrives at a medical facility. These emergency vehicles have equipment such as bandages, defibrillators, intravenous line bags and monitors, to help emergency staff perform their work. Emergency staff training has various levels, and certain types of emergency transport may have more highly trained staff than others.

Usually, when someone calls emergency services to get an ambulance, the first responders to the scene are not emergency medical transportation workers. First responders are usually the fire department, followed by an ambulance. Generally when the fire department arrives first, the ambulance is not far behind, and fire personal are also able to perform some basic emergency procedures until the ambulance arrives. One exception to this might occur in remote areas. If people are stranded somewhere with no fire department nearby, the first thing to arrive could be an emergency medical transportation helicopter.

Most times when people have a true emergency, an insurance company provides some or all of the coverage for emergency medical transportation. This may change if people want transport to a distance. For instance, someone might decide they don't want the care at a local hospital, and would like to travel several hundred kilometres to get care elsewhere. In this case, if their situation is still urgent or an emergency, they might seek transportation with a medical airline.

Typically, those who want emergency service must pay out of their own pockets and the price can be steep. It usually involves chartering a plane. Such services tend to be unhelpful when a person needs medical care immediately (perhaps the definition of emergency) because even with quick transport, it still takes time to arrive at another hospital. People may not always have the luxury of waiting for a plane ride if they have very severe injuries or illness.


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