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Getting Help If You Get Sick While Traveling Abroad

February 6, 2017

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By Doug Swan

Getting sick while traveling abroad can be a scary situation. Anyone can suddenly become ill or get injured. According to CDC.gov. high-risk travelers like seniors, pregnant women and people with pre-existing conditions should be even more aware of becoming ill when traveling.

Planning a trip is exciting and travelers often spend months planning the perfect trip, but sometimes never plan for an event like an illness, injury or accident, until it’s too late.

Plan Ahead

The best thing you can do to avoid confusion and chaos if you or a loved on becomes ill while traveling is to have already made a plan. Having the right plan in the event of an injury or illness while traveling abroad can save valuable time. You can prepare for this by doing a few simple things before you travel.

First off, you should have the information about the U.S. Embassy in the country that you’re visiting. You can look this up at http://www.usembassy.gov/

If you get ill or injured and are hospitalized the U.S. Embassy can notify your family and provide other useful information. Copy down the U.S. Embassy’s information and keep it with you or store it in your phone.

Another thing you could do is do some research on hospitals in the area you’re visiting. Find out if they have English-speaking doctors. There’s an organization called The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers - https://www.iamat.org that can help you with your research.

CDC.org recommends that if you are on medication, take an extra supply with you in case you’re hospitalized and out of the country longer than expected. Additionally, they recommend wearing a medic alert bracelet for any medical conditions or allergies you have, and writing down all of your medical conditions you have, and keeping them in your wallet.

Get In Touch With An Air Medical Flight Provider Ahead Of Time

Another smart thing to do before you travel is to be familiar with a reputable medical flight provider. Doing this can literally save your life. What often happens to people traveling abroad is when they get sick or injured they are hospitalized. They may find the care they receive is not what they are used to in the U.S. and want to get home immediately. This however may not be that simple. They may be deemed too sick to fly commercially. This is when an air ambulance or medical flight provider may be able to assist the patient and family. Medcial flight providers use special fixed-wing medical aircraft to transport patients in an almost hospital-like environment. Medical aircraft that are used for this type of lifesaving service resemble a flying ICU.

What happens most of the time is that patients and families are suddenly faced with having to pick a company out of the hundreds of choices they see online. Making this important decision quickly, without knowing about whom you’re dealing with can have grave consequences. You see, not all air ambulance/medical flight providers are the same. Having a reputable, safe company already in mind can be invaluable to you before you travel.

AeroCare Air Ambulance is a CAMTS accredited fixed-wing, worldwide air ambulance provider. AeroCare is the world’s leader for a reason. Some of the top reasons you should choose AeroCare are:

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4. Perfect safety record.

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6. On-staff medical director.

7. 24/7/365 worldwide service.

You can learn more about AeroCare here.

Sources:

CDC.org