AeroCare's Pre-travel Preparedness Tips
by Jennifer Etzel-Elaqad
Travel, whether planned or last minute can be very exciting. Unforeseen emergencies during a vacation can be very stressful, not only logistically but financially.Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do prior to travel that will alleviate many issues that can arise in the event of a medical emergency.
Air Ambulance companies, like us at AeroCare, are here to get you safely repatriated back home, whether that is between states or when traveling abroad. We collect some basic information and are able to mobilize quickly to get you or your loved one safely transported back on our medically configured jets with our critical care team aboard.Below, we have outlined some simple but often overlooked steps you can take in the event of needing an Air Ambulance.
When preparing for a trip, it’s always a good idea if you have any pre existing medical conditions, to first discuss with your primary care physicians what you can do to mitigate any issues with travel. Also speak with them about any recommended vaccinations needed to prevent local disease we would not be immune to. Mapping out where you will be going and take note of medical facilities that are available in the regions you will be traveling is key.
Below are some effective bullet points to make your vacation worry free.
-Designate one family member or friend as your point of contact in the event of an emergency. Make sure they have AeroCare’s 24/7 dispatch line 800-823-1911
-Give them a copy of your itinerary and local hospitals you would go to in the event of an emergency.
-Give your designated person:
*Copies of your Passports/Visas clear color copies with signature line showing, the date you left and local address where you will be.
*Copies front and back of all health insurance ID cards.
*Name and after hours number of your physicians after hours and weekend numbers.
*Copies of current medical information and prescriptions.
-A voided check with account numbers or your credit card information (these are important to cover medical bill which are usually up front prior to treatment in foreign countries).
-Call your cellular carrier and make sure you have data or cellular coverage in the areas your traveling to. Apps like “WhatsApp” allow you to text on wifi coverage only.
Notify your banks of travel plans.
These simple steps will make a huge difference if you find yourself or your loved one in need of an AeroCare’s air ambulance services. AeroCare is available for you 24/7/365 to provide expert, safe, medevac air ambulance transportation. You can reach us at 800-823-1911 or at www.aerocare.com. We wish you safe travels!