Air Ambulance Traveler Information: What To Know Before You Go

In the United States, approximately 550,000 medical patients are flown in either rotor or fixed winged air ambulance aircraft each year. This Traveler’s Guide will help answer common questions such as what to bring in terms of identification, how much to pack, traveling during religious holidays, and much more.

Understanding checkpoints and knowing what identification to bring

Routine air travelers can be in for a bit of a shock when it comes to understanding security checkpoints and what types of identification to bring. Normally, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) works together with the Federal Flight Administration (FAA) to make sure public air transportation is secure. However, medical flights are not treated the same way as commercial airlines. For example, there are no security checkpoints to pass through and no specific federal requirements on what types of identification to bring. Instead, each provider sets their own guidelines.

How to board your flight faster

Whereas flight delays on a commercial airline can be an annoyance, they can be life threatening to those on medical flights. The best way to avoid delays is to request a transfer in advance. A brief explanation of the patient’s condition and other important information (time sensitive concerns, originating and destination location, along with an approximate travel date) will help the flight director coordinate a customized travel itinerary.

How to pack for your flight

The TSA puts a litany of restrictions on carry-on items that do not apply to air ambulance travelers. Portable medical oxygen concentrators, gel-type candies, and non-service pets are just a few. However, certain medical travel recommendations are the same. For example, select patients will want to be sure to bring along the following:

  • prescription medications (i.e., nitroglycerin tablets)
  • a list of current medications including specific dose intervals and pill sizes
  • copies of your last ECG results
  • pacemaker card (if applicable)
  • a list of dietary restrictions
  • an electric cart or wheelchair (if not restricted to a stretcher)
  • a pacifier for children and toddlers

Traveling during religious holidays

Traveling during Ramadan (July 9-August 8, 2013) can be especially stressful for practicing members of the Muslim faith. These travelers might feel more comfortable contacting a provider that takes a holistic approach to patient care. Providers specializing in holistic care are highly skilled in creating an environment that is more relaxing and comfortable than traditional emergency medical transport systems.

Traveling with children

Medical flight professionals know that ill or injured children pose a unique challenge when traveling by air. Oftentimes, these patients present with little or no symptoms before their health deteriorates. As a result, flight coordinators frequently put together teams of highly trained doctors and specialists with pediatric and neonatal intensive care unit (ICU) experience in advance. When flying outside the US, parents will want to ensure their child’s vaccines are current.

Astral Travel Information On The Astral Planes

The astral plane is impossibly large it would be impossible for me to give you an exact size especially since their exploration has been very limited until recent years. But even with our limited exploration of this astral reality we have been able to find 5 distinct realms. The laws of distance, space, and direction are somewhat different then on the physical realm but as far we can tell these 5 realms are “Stacked” on top of each other as well as existing in the same space.

I. Realm of the Present

In a way the realm of present is not even really an astral realm but in many respects could be called one. The realm of present is simply the physical world. However when people talk about the realm of present they mean the physical plane observed through the eyes of an astral vehicle.

II. Realm of Time

This is the realm where the 3 aspects of time merge together and can be observed. By 3 aspects of time I’m referring to past present and the future.

It is when you are in this realm that you are able to look into the past and future. Where you can affect the present even while in astral form (you can only affect very small things such as turning the page in a book or move some dust. You cannot even do this in the past or the future. It should also be noted right now that when looking into the future that it could be a very different future then what will actually happen.

III. Realm of the Cosmos

While in the realm of cosmos your conscious will be able to wrap around just how big the universe really is. Going to this realm will make it far easier to travel from planet to planet while astral traveling. This appeals to many people who want to find aliens however I have never personally never found a planet with alien life on it. That’s not to say there I just want to say that you might have to look for a little while.

IV. Teaching Realm

This realm is very similar to the Akashic field. The Realm of Guidance is where memories and knowledge are stored in ages past subconsciously and can be tapped into in the present time. It should be noted that some pieces of information are easier to access while in the realm of guidance then others.

Though it is difficult to reach without experience it is definitely worth the time it is here that you try to learn the mysteries of the universe. It is also called the Realm of Guidance.

V. The Realm of Spirituality

If their was ever an astral realm that was similar to heaven then the realm of spirituality is it. The Realm of Spirituality is a place full of bliss and happiness discarnate spirits live. Within this realm there is more than one level but in all of the levels of this realm all fear that doubt and unhappiness found in this realm disappears.

Himalaya Travel Information

About The Mountains

The Himalaya is the globe’s mightiest chain of mountains. No other mountain range features peaks of 8,000 metres (26,000 feet). In the Himalaya there are 14 of such mountain tops and hundreds of peaks over 7,000 metres (23,000 feet) high. The mountain chain stretches along 2,700-kms (1,700 miles).

The Himalaya is the beginning of numerous great rivers of the Indian subcontinent, such as The Ganga and Yamuna which are inextricably entangled with local myths and legends. The Indus or Sindhu also originates in the trans-Himalayan Tibetan Plateau, as does the Brahmaputra.

Preparation

Ahead of your trip you ought to have a health check to find out that you are physically fit and to avoid altitude sickness. You should always keep a first aid box with you, with basic medicaments to treat headache, fever, constipation, burns, diarrhea, sore throat and coughing. Include patches and eye lotion and diuretic drugs.

Cold cream which you can use generously prior to the day’s walk also protects from dryness of your skin. Use river water for washing. Most importantly you should know the place you are travelling to and carefully research it on the Internet.

When To Go

The best time to visit Tibet and the Himalayas is in summer (June-July-August). Then you can enjoy an intense sunlight, hot temperature, local festivals and an amazing scenery. It is ice-cold in winter which lasts from October till May – not recommended. But…

Winter is when I was there and although very cold, averaging between -10C to 5C, it is bearable. It is particularly dry in Tibet so remaining warm is a matter of protecting yourself against the very cold air as opposed to being concerned with snow and ice. When moisture is present, it is much more difficult to stay warm because moisture speeds up heat transfer.

The bonus of being there in Winter is the lack of tourists! So if really want to escape Winter in Tibet is the best time.

More Himalaya travel tips….

Light-weight clothes are best between May and October and warm layered wear from November to April.

Essential items you should take with you are a fine quality backpack, with wide straps to hold, foam mattress, sleeping bag, a Swiss knife, good quality trekking shoes, a raincoat (also in summer), matchboxes, umbrella, a water bottle, disposable bags and a flashlight.

Getting There From Abroad

Your Himalaya travel could depart from various locations. Many travel by air to Kathmandu, Nepal and use this as their starting point. Nepal has connections with many destinations abroad.

Want to visit Tibet? There are frequent flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa, though the exact number of flights per week depends on the season. It’s slightly more than one hour and gives you a great view of the Himalaya mountains. Note that normally individual travelers can get neither a visa nor a plane ticket, which are solely available to members of organized groups.

Alternatives are direct flights between Chengdu in the Sichuan Province, and Lhasa. You can easily obtain an air ticket through a travel agent in Chengdu, China. There is also a 2-hour flight twice every week between Chongqing and Lhasa.