Medical repatriation: different forms

Updated on April 13, 2021

Medical repatriation can be provided in different forms, depending on your needs and your medical state at the moment. So, for instance, the medical repatriation can be done through a regular plane or train or through other forms if your health is not stable enough.

Medical repatriation and evacuation through sanitary planes

This form of repatriation is reserved for grave pathologies( non-stable stroke, serious multiple traumas, infarction) for which the immediate care cannot be provided locally. This evacuation and repatriation can be done in a case-by-case basis, either towards the country of origin or towards a near city or country more able to provide a secure medical response that is more adequate with your pathology.

In such cases, only the interest of the patient is of paramount importance. In such cases, a medical plane is chartered in order to effectuate and facilitate the transportation of the sick. A team, formed by an emergency physician or reanimator and by medical personnel, will be on board of the plane with all the medical material necessary permitting and facilitating the secure transportation of the patient.

This material is advanced material, miniaturized, of the latest generation and aircraft approved. The departures are done constantly, 24/7. It is always a race against time where the urgency is the main word.

The team and the material arrive directly in the tarmac thus permitting a rapid installation on board of the plane and take off as soon as possible. When you arrive at your destination, the medical team is anew replaced directly in the tarmac by an ambulance that will permit your fastest transportation towards the hospital where the patient needs to be. An exchange of all necessary information and your medical dossier with the local doctor takes place.

Here, we need to notice that during a medical repatriation via a plane, the patient is meticulously prepared for transportation, that is he/she is placed in a shell mattress, infused and connected to surveillance and ventilation support machinery if needed. In every patient manipulation, the medical team assures and takes care of the medical stability of the patient.

Furthermore, once the patient is on board of the plane and during the entire flight, the patient is installed and surveilled in a way that resembles being in a hospital bed, in a real reanimation bed. When the plane touches ground and lands, the doctor and the nursing staff accompany the patient all the way to the hospital. The medical dossier is transmitted to the medical team on the ground for the better support of the patient.

Nowadays, the medical repatriation and sanitary evacuation constitute the best response to certain pathologies in certain countries. Similar procedures have already saved millions of lives and will continue to do so. Generally speaking, medical repatriation services through an assurance company are always a good idea for those travelling abroad and in a strange country. There are many services and companies providing similar services with worldwide coverage and state of the art personnel and equipment.

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