Going over ground: medical evacuation when air travel is out

You’re far from home in a country wracked by conflict or political instability.

When a medical emergency occurs, you need to know treatment will be professional, effective and – crucially – accessible.

What this means in reality is often the need for medical transportation – taking a patient from a location with poor medical infrastructure to somewhere they can obtain an international level of care.

That’s where medical evacuation comes in.

Medical evacuation is a crucial part of Tangiers International’s arsenal to ensure an injured or ill patient receives the best possible care for their condition.

Operating in some of the world’s most politically volatile, remote or high-risk locations means the company often has to act fast when the call comes in.

A medevac flight, carried out by one of the company’s trusted third-party providers, is a safe and efficient way of transporting a patient to a more secure location where they can receive treatment.

With experience in obtaining travel visas and necessary paperwork as well as overcoming the sometimes arduous bureaucratic hurdles which can stand in the way of evacuation by air, Tangiers International’s case managers are well-placed to secure a safe exit from a risky location.

However, it always pays to have a plan B.

In rapidly developing situations on the ground, airports can be closed or no-fly zones implemented for a variety of reasons relating to political instability and civil unrest or by military order.

When this happens, Tangiers has a number of options available to make sure adequate medical care can be obtained for the patient.

It can seek treatment locally, if medically possible it can wait for the situation to change on the ground or it can transport the patient overland using a third-party ground ambulance service.

These providers are often well-practised in traversing the sometimes perilous routes which lead out of main cities and towards international borders.

They may have to navigate internal security checks or roadblocks along the route – being fully aware of the political situation developing around them.

By vetting third-party providers such as ground ambulance services, Tangiers International makes sure that they have all necessary certifications and permissions and are capable of handling a range of medical issues stemming from the patient’s condition and the stresses of travel.

These ambulances enable a patient to be monitored by onboard medical professionals who are able to administer emergency treatment if there is a sudden deterioration in health.

Back at Tangiers International, case managers or operations managers can keep instantly updated on the progress of the journey as the patient is transported away from harm’s way.

If necessary, a medically-equipped aircraft can be arranged just over the border, meaning the patient’s evacuation can be continued by plane as soon as they have crossed into a neighbouring country.

Either way, the procedures in place ensure that a patient’s health is the number one priority every step of the way. That means that – wherever you are – effective treatment is never inaccessible.