“Global Air Rescue arranges 24-hour worldwide service with fully coordinated bedside-to-bedside transport,” Keister said. “We have dispatched over 7,000 missions in over 150 countries on six continents, and those numbers continue to grow rapidly.”
With a fleet of ACLS-equipped fixed-wing aircraft that travel to every continent except Antarctica, Global Air Rescue is uniquely positioned to service a growing number of medical tourists around the globe. Traveling to countries that offer alternative therapies, specialists in specific fields or even cost-saving advantages has driven medical tourism to all-time highs, according to a recent report by AirMedical.Net. As many as 80,000 medical tourists came to the U.S. four years ago, and nearly 750,000 Americans sought medical care in other countries. Those numbers, according to Patients Beyond Borders, have been increasing at a rate of as much as 35 percent a year.
In early November, Global Air Rescue flew 16,000 miles round-trip to bring 8-year-old Dora Camacho and her mother, Jennifer, from Saipan to San Diego for advanced medical diagnostics and treatment at Rady Children's Hospital. Keister and Global Air Rescue covered the expense of that flight, collaborating with other donors and nonprofit organizations to get Dora to the medical care she needed, but couldn't get at home. Young Dora's improving medical condition is proof that global medical tourism can sometimes be a lifesaving option.
Global Air Rescue patients are transported with the equipment and caretakers they need to meet the patient's medical requirements. The time from the initial medical team consultations to takeoff can be just a matter of hours, and the medical and trauma professionals who provide care during rescue flights are certified experts in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Flight Physiology. Medical flight crews monitor patients continuously in-flight, and will transfer to a waiting medical facility with the patient if warranted. It's the philosophy of bedside-to-bedside care that sets Global Air Rescue apart, and makes Keister's team uniquely qualified to meet the growing demand for quality medical air transportation services.
About Michael Keister
With more than 7,000 chartered flights to over 150 countries on six continents, Michael Keister is not only an aviation expert, but also a true professional when it comes to organ procurement and air ambulance services.