A news release that appeared on PNC has confirmed that Carejet Assist is resuming its air medical service in Guam and the Mariana Islands effective this month. The reinstatement of the subscriber-based air ambulance program appears to be related to a brand new agreement between Carejet and Calvo SelectCare.
Additionally, Carejet is expanding its range of air ambulance services to include medical escort for patients who are able to travel on regular commercial airliners when critical health care services are not a requirement.
CareJet had previously provided its lifesaving services in the Pacific from October 2007 to November 2011. The service was halted when not enough residents of the Marianas had signed up for coverage.
We covered the ceasing of CareJet’s services a bit back in November 2011, in a blog titled Are Subscriber-Based Air Ambulance Services Always Feasible.
Canada’s now-famous Ornge air ambulance service has been given permission by the FAA to fly its emergency transport helicopters in U.S. airspace.
Effectively, this means that that Ornge’s fleet of emergency air ambulances can now transport patients to and from any location in the United States.
What does it mean for patients? Well, it’s not that helicopter patient transports from Canada to the United States are all that common, or even typically necessary. However, according to the Interim CEO of Ornge, the newly granted permission gives patients “one more option to ensure [they] receive the care they need.”
The CEO of Windsor Regional Hospital expressed to the CBC that the FAA allowance will make it easier for Ontario citizens who need medical care while abroad in the United States to return home after they’ve been stabilized.
As I was sipping a white chocolate mocha and checking up on the latest aeromedical news this Monday evening, I noticed that trusted Bermudan news source The Royal Gazette published a story forecasting a troubled future for Bermuda’s only air ambulance service (at least, the only ambulance actually based in bermuda). Not a very upbeat way to start the week in air medical news, but a very important story to blog about nonetheless.
According to the article, Bermuda is at risk of losing their sole on-island air ambulance service unless an investor comes forward to save it by purchasing it. The cost of purchasing the Bermuda air ambulance? $2 million.
Bermuda could have to rely solely upon overseas operators unless an investor purchases the company.
Today, crewmembers from an air ambulance service located near Wirral in Northwest England held their first ever “tweet day.”
The purpose of the social networking event was to give local residents a look at what the men and women who make up air ambulance crews do every day. Throughout the day, Northwest England residents got a valuable glimpse into the day-in-day-out activities of the emergency air ambulance service that relies on their contributions to keep it flying.
The innovative event the air ambulance service came up with to engage the community appears by all measures to have been a considerable success. Throughout “tweet day,” North West Air Ambulance gained a huge influx of Twitter followers, with their twitter briskly overtaking the 4,000 follower milestone just hours ago (and, at the time of this blog, they are nearing 4,060 followers).
Coming soon to a laptop near you: A London-based air ambulance service has just launched a novel new feature on their web site. The air ambulance’s Interactive Mission Map (which just seems like something that should have an acronym — we’ll say IMM for now) is a way for the charity-funded air medical organization to not only raise vital awareness of its activities, but remind computer-savvy Londoners of the critical service that they provide to the M25.
The online map displays the locations of emergency air ambulance missions carried out by London’s Air Ambulance. Currently, the interactive map displays missions going all the way back to January 1 of this year.
Via the Google Maps API integration, internet visitors to the web site can use their mouse to zero in on particular regions — large or small — and see exactly how often the air ambulance has been responding to transport calls in that area. By clicking on the individual markers or “pins” on the screen, you can even see more details about the particular missions: the incidents involved (such as falls, stabbings, car accidents, rail accidents, and so on) and the time the marker was last updated; talk about an innovative way to remind computer users how much we depend on air ambulance services.