Air Ambulance Flight Nurse
Flight Nurse Information
HI Flying - Air Ambulance International enrolls the best Nurses from different countries from their bases and hubs to provide Medical escort services on Air Ambulance flights - Commercial and Charter.
The nurses are fully qualified, highly competent and experienced to provide the best of services for the patient and accompanying relatives.
What is Repatriation?
Repatriation is the process of returning the patient home, usually with medical or nursing assistance and this decision is medically led, when it is safe to move the patient and taking into account the patient's condition
The aim is simply the safe transfer of patients from one point to another usually from one country to their country of residence (very occasionally not by air but overland, by ferry and train) without detriment to the patient's condition.
To undertake a safe repatriation you are given as much information on the patient as is available, though sometimes this is limited. Most Nurses have the basic medical equipments with them, however it is the nurse's responsibility to decide on equipment required prior to departure and to check that the equipment is in full serviceable order.
Role of the flight nurse
The prime function of the nurse is to ensure the safety of the patient. The nurse’s role is to assess, monitor and intervene as appropriate in patients. Initially your assessment takes place before you actually meet your patient, and take over the care through review of the patients medical notes which are provided pre-departure. Whilst with the patient, nurses provide the care in the setting they are in.
Nurses undertake most of the repatriations single-handedly travelling by commercial airline or by air ambulance, again either single-handedly or as part of a Doctor/ Nurse team; two nurse team or Nurse/ Paramedic team.
Air Ambulance repatriations use a small dedicated aircraft, e.g. Lear jets, and equip the aircraft accordingly using equipment from the assistance company or the Air Ambulance company. This will include calculating supplementary oxygen (O2) as required. Ensuring that the appropriate equipment is checked and taken is the responsibility of the medical crew.
What type of patients get repatriated?
The medical conditions of the patients vary and include CVA, MI, angina, pneumonia, COPD, orthopaedic problems, burns and multiple trauma. All ages are catered for including neonates. Psychiatry is dealt with on a regular basis sometimes in conjunction with physical problems. Some patients return seated with wheelchair assistance in the airport, others return by stretcher on either commercial aircraft or air ambulances.
Other responsibilities of the flight nurseAs well as being accountable for the patient, the medical escort is responsible for the obtaining of tickets (prepaid), patients luggage/property, overseeing arrangements made by overseas hospitals regarding ambulance transfers to airports etc., the well being of accompanying relatives and the handover to receiving hospital if appropriate (some patients are taken directly to their homes). The escort is usually required to give a door to door service so duties only stop once the patient is safely at home or in the receiving hospital. Hours can be extremely long and this needs to be taken into account when deciding to take on repatriations.
Come - Join us
Are you Interested. Do you find Traveling exciting. Do you love to meet new people. Do you get satisfaction taking care of patient and seeing a happy face at the end of the travel. Are you visa ready to fly to most countries in the world.