February 5, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, each year 500,000 babies are born premature. That’s 1 in 8 babies being born before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy. These neonates or “preemies” weigh less and their organs may not have developed fully. They require special neonatal care in a neonatal intensive care unit or NICU’s.
Sometimes these neonates require a medical flight to another medical facility or for continued care, like mother of four, Jessica Lucero, who was featured in Angel MedFlight Emmy® Award winning series “My Real Life Moment” found out. Lucero had traveled from Watertown, New York to Mesa, Arizona to give birth to quadruplets, under the care of Dr. John P. Elliott, but sadly lost one baby, Leila. She gave birth to premature quintuplets. Now faced with how to return the premature babies and herself to New York for continued care, she reached out to Angel MedFlight.
Angel MedFlight has a dedicated neonatal medical crew that is trained in the physiology of altitude and how it can affect preemies. They understand all the safety aspects of the flight environment, particularly fixed wing aircraft like our Learjet 60s. For example, medications, drug dosages, and their administration are vastly different for neonatal patients than for adult patients.
Along with our specially educated and highly trained neonatal medical crew, Angel MedFlight uses stat-of-the-art neonatal equipment like the Drager Isolette® TI500 incubator. The sophisticated Isolette® incubator has modern technology that incorporates a built in ventilator and baby warmer. It can stabilize both the core and peripheral body temperature of the baby. It can be taken nearly anywhere and still provide the warm, safe environment and quick access necessary for optimal neonate care.
Angel MedFlight has the capabilities to fly neonatal babies and families on our safe, fast, comfortable and modern Learjet 60s with special neonatal equipment aboard like the Isolette® incubator. Like in Lucero’s case, Angel MedFlight and our expert neonatal team was able to safely transport her and her four preemies on our Learjet 60 from Scottsdale, Arizona to Waterbury, New York. “Everything was really smooth. I didn’t have to worry about turbulence or the preemies stressing out. Once I was in the air, everything was smooth sailing,” said Lucero.
With our advanced neonatal equipment like the Isolette® incubator, our fast Learjet 60s and our highly trained neonatal medical crew; Angel MedFlight is dedicated to safely and compassionately transporting neonates and their families to the best care they can receive, anywhere in the world.
*Angel MedFlight currently utilizes the services of sole and exclusive FAA F.A.R. Part 135 vendors, such as AeroJet Services, LLC (License Number: J7EA116I).