Air Trek: Saving lives at the speed of flight

September 11, 2014 12:00 pm Comments Off on Air Trek: Saving lives at the speed of flight

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A child in Miami needs a life saving operation only available at Boston Children’s Hospital.

This is a real life event and a life saved at the speed of flight.

This case involves a child who was born with an undeveloped heart valve. Inoperative due to the small size and frail condition of the child, this child was unable to play or thrive. However, thanks to modern medicine there is hope: A specialist at Boston Children’s can perform micro surgery.

Unable to travel by scheduled airline due to poor oxygen saturation and general weakness, Air Trek’s Flight Coordinators worked with case managers, nurses, doctors and the child’s social worker, to develop a patient transport plan. Partnering with the pediatric transport specialist of Miami LifeFlight we provided a jet equipped as a flying intensive care unit, with an on board paramedic along with the Miami LifeFlight team consisting of a transport nurse and respiratory therapist.

On the day of the flight, the medical team escorted the child and mom from the Miami hospital to Miami International Airport (MIA) via ground ambulance. We then boarded the jet, departing MIA for the 2.5-hour nonstop flight to Boston.

Arriving at Boston Logan airport, our aircraft was met by a ground ambulance to transport all involved to Boston Children’s where a specialty team waited to perform the life saving surgery.

Several months later we returned to Boston to fly home an energetic and happy child and most grateful mom. Thanks to many caring professionals, this child will grow and thrive and enjoy a happy life!

Thirty six years and thousands air ambulance flights have allowed Air Trek to participate in saving many lives at the speed of flight.

Behind every memorable moment such as these, is a company and systems set in place to make sure that patient transports worldwide are carried out as planned.

Air Trek’s foundation consists of a 36-year-old, family business whose formula for success has remained the same for years: Focus on being safety-centered while providing the ultimate in patient care.

Air Trek owns and operates seven aircraft including pressurized twin engine aircraft, Citation jets, and a Westwind II jet.

Each aircraft is fully equipped and staffed to function as a flying critical care unit allowing us to provide the best care for our patients.

Air Trek differs from other Air Ambulance services in that we own the aircraft, which enables us to have direct operational control of all aspects of the patient’s transport.

The patient’s family, friends, and pets may also travel aboard the aircraft at no additional charge, pending the availability of seats. Air Trek’s Flight Coordinators can explain the different seating capabilities for each individual aircraft — then design a personalized and specific plan to meet the transport needs for the patient and their family members.

Knowing we help to save lives at the speed of flight is often the most rewarding part of our business. ¦

— Dana Carr is an airline transport pilot and serves as director of operations for Air Trek Inc., which is family owned and operated since 1978, and specializes in helping people travel throughout the world. Air ambulance information is available at medjets.com. Aircraft Charter and Luxury Travel info is available at www.airtrek.aero.