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.”