6 Tips for Air Ambulance Passengers… Or Airplane Passengers in General!
Just like a ground ambulance, in some cases you can accompany your loved one on an air ambulance flight. On our flights specifically, we always offer the option for one passenger to accompany a patient. Leading up to the flight you may have anxiety over your loved one but it’s important to breath and get prepared for the flight. Trips vary in length and we want to make sure you are comfortable. If you’re comfortable and prepared, you can better take care of and be there for your loved one. Here are a few tips to help you get prepared for an air ambulance flight.
These tips are also helpful for flying in general, especially if you are naturally anxious when it comes to airplanes.
1.) The first and most important tip: always listen the air medical crew. Their instruction is to assure your safety and comfort from takeoff to landing. If you follow their advice and the tips below, you will arrive at your destination with as little discomfort as possible.
2.) Prepare yourself for the flight by taking immune system boosters. These include vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E and zinc. During the flight, you could be exposed to germs in the cabin of the plane.
3.) Just like a commercial flight, you deal with pressure change during takeoff and landing. To help avoid ear problems yawn regularly, swallow and bring chewing gum if allowed.
4.) You don’t know what to expect as far as temperature goes so it’s important to wear layers. This way, if you feel too hot you can take off a layer or if you are cold you can add a layer.
5.) Do not sit cross-legged. Sitting in this position can cut off circulation. Also, make sure you shift your seating position through the flight and if allowed stretch your legs and walk around to avoid deep vein thrombosis and blood clots.
6.) Remember to stay hydrated and avoid food and drinks that may dehydrate you leading up to the flight. The inside of the air craft will be dry and pressurized, so being properly hydrated will avoid more discomfort.