January 24, 2013

Innovative ICU in the Sky

By: Angel MedFlight Contributor
Scottsdale, AZ

Angel MedFlight's Innovative ICU Air Ambulance

When you hear the word "ambulance," comfort and style probably are not the first adjectives that come to mind. However, following a medical transport with Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance, patients know that even though emergencies happen - it certainly doesn't mean you need to sacrifice first class transportation or VIP service.

Angel MedFlight features the LifePort Patient Loading Utility System (PLUS). The detached top portion of the stretcher is ideal for ground to aircraft transfers. This will ensure patients are comforted at all times of the transfer with plush, customized cushions and are securely fastened in the 5-point harness. Understanding a patient's journey in the aircraft might mean hours of flight time; comfort and safety are the flight crew's top priority.

Once aboard Angel MedFlight's medically-configured Learjet, the Lifeport stretcher is attached to the mounting base. The Lifeport base features a 1000-watt electrical inverter and a vacuum pump - this is certainly more than just a stretcher. Accompanied by a variety of top-of-the-line medical equipment, and expert medical staff, the Lifeport PLUS is a critical component of a transporting a patient in both comfort and safety.

Angel MedFlight is committed to patients on an individual level. The initial application of the Lifeport PLUS unit was useful, but our crew noticed a need for more. More patient comfort, more patient security, and simplifying the ambulance transfer process. In the case of a 14 year old patient, our team would soon create our most capable system to date.

With this young man in a full body cast from his chest to feet, Angel MedFlight knew that modifications were necessary to complete this tranfer. No other air ambulance, at that time, had the ability to properly transport a patient with a full body cast - let alone properly restrain the patient. Angel MedFlight staff began preparing to customize the stretcher and loading capabilities of the Lifeport PLUS unit. Not only did it need to be safe, but comfort was a factor in the 2,554 mile trip.

After the configurations were determined, the crew began the customization. Cutting, molding, and tailoring by hand, Angel MedFlight fabricators designed the ideal stretcher for both patients and flight crew members. They expanded the width from 16 inches to 29 inches for patient comfort and added a 5-point harness for safety. The flight was successful. He made it home from New Jersey to California.

Soon after the configuration, new air ambulance patients in need of the customized stretcher would have the chance to experience the craftsmanship. In future cases, the Lifeport PLUS stretcher on Angel MedFlight aircraft can be customized for most any patients need.

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