Why is CAMTS Accreditation Important When Choosing an Air Ambulance Provider
By Doug Swan
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (January 26, 2016) – In the air ambulance industry there are a lot of choices that patients and their families face from when deciding to fly an ill or injured loved-one from one location to another. People searching for a reputable, safe air ambulance transport company should be familiar with the company’s credentials, safety record, and the different type of air ambulance providers that are out there.
What Does CAMTS Accredited Mean?
Some air ambulance providers are CAMTS accredited and some are not. Within the air ambulance industry CAMTS accreditation is often mentioned, but what does it really mean?
CAMTS (pronounced cames) is an acronym that stands for the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems. CAMTS is a national organization that is dedicated to improving patient care and safety in the transport environment.
Air ambulance companies that apply for accreditation, must pass a strict set of safety standards. Each standard is supported by measurable criteria. In order for an air medical transport company to gain CAMTS accreditation, they must meet strict standards. CAMTS surveys an air ambulance company’s entire program, including aviation, medical care and delivery, communications and, most importantly, the company’s safety practices. Not all air ambulance companies choose to become accredited and the choice is an independent one. AeroCare made the choice to hold themselves to the highest standards by being CAMTS accredited more than 13 years ago.
Not All Air Ambulance Providers Are the Same
Those seeking to hire an air ambulance company often tend to only focus on price. Some companies may say they are air ambulance providers; however, they may not have aircraft or medical crew. Instead, these companies are essentially middle-men or “brokers.” They source out the equipment and crew. The medical crew may be a staff nurse from a hospital and the equipment they use may not be rated for operation at altitude in an aircraft. This could become a liability to the patient and family. AeroCare operates their own fleet of medically-configured, state-of-the-art Learjets, and employs their own critical care flight nurses and flight medics, which have been through extensive flight physiology training.
Becky Werth, AerocCare’s Vice President of Clinical Operations says “Let the buyer beware in this industry.” “Make sure the air ambulance company that you’re choosing has looked at the complexity of the patient and has married up the appropriate aircraft and medical team to care for them at 40,000 feet.”
Case Managers, families, and patients can better protect themselves by choosing a CAMTS accredited provider that is in compliance with national and international best practices.
At AeroCare, they take pride in this affiliation, particularly in the current economic climate where fraud cases are abundant as families in crisis are taken advantage of. AeroCare does what is necessary to go above and beyond industry standards, as a best practice, in all areas of the medical transport process. Very few private air ambulance companies retain accreditation from CAMTS.