Transporting Intensive Care Patients with EAA

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European Air Ambulance prides itself on providing patients with a level of critical care in transit that you would expect to find in an advanced hospital ICU.

We can carry the vast majority of patients needing intensive care – whether adult, child or premature baby – and provide highly specialised transports involving advanced life support techniques such as ECMO.

We can also carry certain critical care patients that many other air ambulance companies simply cannot.

There are difficulties and risks associated with any intensive care repatriation, whether the patient is sick, injured or terminally ill; however the potential for problems is minimized due to our expert medical teams and state-of-the-art equipment (see below).

Every request is evaluated individually using a risk/benefit assessment, where the risk in transport is judged against the benefit of repatriation and the likelihood of a poor outcome if the patient were to remain abroad.

In theory therefore, if a patient falls seriously ill in a country where only basic medical treatment is available, then the benefit of repatriation will outweigh the risk in transport. If the same patient falls ill in a country where advanced medical care is available, remaining in situ may present less of a risk than travelling.

In practice however, the treatment offered by our expert team of specialist medics is so advanced that most patients can be transported with confidence.

Repatriation is only refused in a few rare cases on medical grounds; and where EAA is logistically unable to retrieve a patient – for example from an active war zone – we will collaborate with air ambulance partners who specialize in the field.

Every European Air Ambulance mission is planned according to the specific medical needs of the patient, with staff and equipment selected and adapted to suit from the wide-ranging human and technical resources available.