NICU Air Ambulance Services
Welcome to the seventh installment in our Air Medical Resource series about the Air Ambulance. This guide is meant to reassure some parents, who may feel worried and stressed out about their newborn requiring an air ambulance transport, why they should breathe a little easier.
There may be few things more stressful than when a doctor tells you that your newborn child needs an “air ambulance.” Many people don’t have a very clear idea of what air ambulances are like, and even those with a better idea tend to worry much more than they should.
Air Ambulances for Newborns
Air ambulances that specialize in transporting neonatal patients have some of the most high-tech equipment and best trained health professionals in the world today. Even though it’s a clear impossibility, parents needn’t worry about their newborn while he or she is on the aircraft — he or she is in good hands on the flight.
An air ambulance that specializes in neonatal intensive care has all the equipment and trained professionals needed to become a vertiable “NICU in the sky” during the transport.
The child will be receiving continuous monitoring and care by experts throughout the trip, however long it may be. In most cases, there will be multiple medical personnel on the aircraft to monitor and provide treatment when needed.
Air ambulances can carry ventilators, oxygen, cardiac monitoring and treatment devices, IVs, and other specialized equipment and tools to handle emergencies. Some of the more advanced equipment on air ambulances isn’t available on traditional ground ambulances; they are truly high-tech flying machines: NICUs in the sky that are able to focus on just one patient at a time.
Flying with Your Child
Depending on the air ambulance, the mother and/or father may be able to accompany the child on the flight. This might not always be possible due to various constraints (all having to do with the best interests of the patient), but parental accompaniment is generally encouraged by air medical staff when at all possible. Besides facilitating the unique bond between parent and child, the medical crew is then able to keep mom and/or dad updated on each stage of the transport whenever it’s possible to do so.
A ride on an air ambulance is generally faster, smoother and more comfortable than a ground ambulance travelling over a great distance. Air ambulances can also reach facilities it is not feasible or possible to reach by road.
Every flight conducted by an air medical service has the aircraft specifically outfitted and staffed with appropriate specialists and tools to suit the patient’s individual needs. The focus of air medical teams revolve around providing the best quality care to the patient and arriving at the destination safely. This combination means your child is in the best possible hands when they’re in the “flying NICU.”
Breathe a Little Easier
Thus, while we absolutely realize that it’s not possible to not feel worried when your child needs an air ambulance transport, you need not worry so much. The air ambulance and its highly trained crew of medical professionals are dedicated to focusing on and providing the best possible care for your child.
We hope this article has helped reassure you about your child’s air medical transport. You can learn more details about neonatal air transport from an air ambulance service. For more information on air ambulances, see the following links: