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April 2018 Medic’Air International

1/ Pulmonary embolism, illness for airline travelers...

Pulmonary embolism is a well-known illness for airline travelers. Prevention for patient while traveling is also a permanent concern for flying medical attendants.

Today the mission is to evacuate a French patient from Hua Hui, South Thailand, to his native country with a serious pulmonary embolism providing a right ventricular failure caused by a large tumoral mass in the right lung. Patient’s condition has been getting worse for the last 10 days, indeeds of high level of oxygen by mask and chest pipe for a pneumothorax with pleural effusion. The local Thai Doctors suggested to the family to fly back to France for more investigation, expecting a long stay in Intensive Care Unit with an uncertain prognosis. 

As the request is confirmed, Medic’Air Paris OPS books an ICU bed in one of its major Paris hospital partner and organizes the Medevac flight on AA Challenger 604 taking off the day after with an Emergency physician and Intensivist nurse on board. Medic’Air Shanghai office was in charge of the logistic side in Thailand.  In the meantime, the patient, now under mechanical ventilation, needs an inotropic support by dopamine and levophed.

Patient was entrusted the day after to the Medic’Air team and arrived safely after a long flight of 14 hours (with only one short stop in the Gulf area for refueling) to Paris Intensive Care Unit.

Without full therapy solution in Hua Hui, the Medevac prescription on a long distance makes sense because with new technology on board, the monitoring of a such sensitive case is reliable :

  • EtC02, Oxygen Saturation on monitor screen
  • Ionogram and blood gas by blood analyzer…
  • Ultrasound to follow the heart function
  • Artery line for permanent blood pressure

And new generation of high-tech ventilator (with 12 000 oxygen liters available on board) guaranty a safe medical flight for patient, medical attendants and family member being present on the flight.

For a patient in intensive care in a hospital of excellence, some non-medical considerations lead to the prescription of medical evacuation whereas the local care is well adapted to the present pathology.

1 / poor prognosis in the short or medium term and legitimate request of the family to be able to surround the patient of all his relatives in his country for his last moments

2 / severe pathology needing a long and costly stay at hospital before expecting some improvement

These two criteria are often met, sometimes together, and it is important to be able to choose the correct vector (aircraft + medical team + intensive care equipment + expertise) to evacuate this patient, taking advantage of a phase of relative stability before an expected deterioration of the clinical state