Saving lives in the skies

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

When seconds count and it’s life or death, paramedics are usually available at a moments notice for many and even quicker if they're coming from the air.

Today flying is the fastest way to get around. One great asset for Eagle Meds’ Emergency Response chopper is their speed. This is extremely valuable when transporting a trauma patient because every second counts.

"Scene responses for patients that are having acute heart attack or acute strokes the time span for getting care to them at care facilities to save their lives is usually minutes, and we’re able to provide that with a helicopter."

With a top speed of about 150 miles per hour, the A-star B2 can transport patients to hospitals as far away as Dallas in 40 minutes.

But with that speed there is a price.

"$3,500 to $12,000 will be for an actual flight."

Don’t let those numbers scare you into not wanting quality service. Insurance companies will cover part of the cost. However there is also a way to get full coverage without cringing later on.

"We also have a membership program we offer to the community, and fifty dollars a year for an individual and sixty dollars for a family, that covers you in case you have to be flown where insurance will pay their portion, and the balance you won’t have to pay."

This airship is a pilot’s dream. With GPS and satellite systems on board, they don’t have to worry about getting lost or a drop in communication, especially in rural areas.

"With this aircraft there is no dead area for communications because it’s all satellite. It’s not like a cellphone its directly beamed to satellite and to our dispatch center."

Even with all technical equipment and staff, it still takes a team to make everything work.

"It’s when you get to a scene of a crash, you’re dropping a very well trained medical crew, and that’s one of the big advantages we have."

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