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When Should You Call an Air Ambulance? The purpose of an air ambulance is to help patients stuck in perverse conditions and subsequently fly them to healthcare facilities. They may use airplanes or helicopters, according to whichever they deem necessary for the particular event. It is necessary for these air ambulance transportation services to provide proper pre-hospital, critical and emergency care to the patients before they reach the hospital.

What is F.A.L.T.E.R.? Lately, there has been a lot of debate as to when and under what conditions one should make the decision of calling air ambulance facilities.It is solely for this purpose that a brand new acronym has been coined. This helps you keep in mind the considerations when you’re deciding whether or not to call an ambulance: F stands for Fear At times like these, you must ask yourself if you can handle the patient for the next few hours before reaching a hospital. If you judge yourself as not being capable enough to do so, contact the emergency medical system immediately. A stands for Access There are flip sides to this coin for if you are stuck in an unfavorable situation, a helicopter with long distance medical transport facilities will do you a world of good. However, if the weather conditions are bad, the ambulance would not find proper landing places and hence it would be a better call to simply make your way to a hospital by roads. L stands for Laziness If the conditions are such that the hospital is nearly an hour away and taking the patient there can involve a lot of hassles, calling the helicopter seems like a great option as it allows for the time and work element to be dodged with ease. However, in doing so, you’ll be saddling your patient with a hefty fee to pay off.


T stands for Time The risk in some medical cases such as trauma, strokes etc. reduces significantly from a reduced transport time. If you can assure that the patient will not benefit from a speedy transport to the hospital, then do not call the helicopter. Load him into the ambulance and go. E stands for Extrication Often referred to as the ‘sick and stuck rule’, this rule suggests that if the patient is unwell as well as trapped somewhere, it is indeed beneficial to contact the air ambulances. If he/ she can meet the necessary requirements for a speedy transfer, air transport is the way to go about it. R is for Real The single biggest mistake that is committed when you prefer air transport over road transport, is the estimation of the time required. To go through all the steps involved in helicopter transport can sometimes end up taking more time than the road transport would have taken. In conclusion when you deliberate upon calling for air ambulance facilities, make your decision with a sound mind and never falter.

When Should You Call an Air Ambulance?  

The purpose of an air ambulance is to help patients stuck in perverse conditions and subsequently fly them to healthcare facilities. They ma...

When Should You Call an Air Ambulance?  

The purpose of an air ambulance is to help patients stuck in perverse conditions and subsequently fly them to healthcare facilities. They ma...

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