According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), seventy nine lives are saved by organ transplant surgeries every day. At Angel MedFlight, our experienced medical team members treat and transport patients on their way for an organ transplant. When an organ becomes available in another state and the patient needs to travel, most healthcare providers recommend transportation via air ambulance.
We understand that every minute counts, and our team can partner with your primary care providers to make sure you or your patient arrive on time for surgery. Our medically configured Learjet travel at higher altitudes for smoother flights than helicopters and other air carriers. And every jet includes all the critical care equipment needed right onboard.
From bedside-to-bedside, our air ambulance teams provide complete care to make the healthcare journey more comfortable. Our flight nurses and paramedics provide care for a variety of critical care patients and can administer tracheotomy tubes, oxygen vents, and necessary medication prescribed by a primary care provider to ensure patients are breathing comfortably and resting for the full flight.
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What is organ transplantation?
Organ transplantation may be a possible treatment option if your medical condition causes organ failure for one or more of your vital organs. Organ transplants are a surgical intervention that provides a functioning human organ to a patient whose organ is close to failure or has stopped functioning.
Organs may be donated by a living donor or by a donor who has recently passed away. Donors must be matched according to blood type and other markers to ensure compatibility. Living donors are often close relatives for that very reason.
Which organs can be transplanted?
The following are the organs that can be transplanted:
- Kidney/pancreas (transplanted at the same time)
- Heart/lung (transplanted at the same time)
- Vascularized composite allografts (VCAs), including hand and face transplants.
Are there age restrictions or medical conditions that can rule out organ transplantation?
There is no official age limit, but every transplant program sets its own parameters. For example, one program might not accept anyone over 80 years of age while another may not have an age limit.
Even when a patient isn’t accepted into a transplant program immediately, transplant may be an option later if the patient’s health or condition improves. Every hospital has its own regulations for accepting candidates for transplants. Work with your healthcare provider to see if there is one that is a better fit for you and consider applying to an alternative transplant center if you aren’t accepted.
Who manages the transplant system in the United States?
The nation’s organ transplant system is managed by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), a private, non-profit organization.
How does Angel MedFlight prepare transplant patients for their flight?
Our clinical staff onsite verifies that we have the most current medical records available to ensure we are prepared to safely transport you, your patient, or loved one in the air. Due to transplant demand, the detailed process, and waiting times, patient information frequently needs to be brought up to date. Our clinical team works with your primary care provider to quickly obtain the most recent records available.
If you are scheduling a medical transfer, you can work with your primary care physician to ensure we receive your latest records to save time with this process.
Our patient advocates work directly with your insurance plan to save you time and help you plan for any copay fees.
What special accommodations do you make for transplant patients?
Our clinical team individualizes the flight plan to your needs or the needs of your patient based on the patient condition and transplant type. For example, our pilots may fly at lower levels to maintain sea level cabin pressures for patients who may not tolerate higher altitudes in flight due to their lung capacity.
Your Healthcare Journey Starts Here
At AngelMedFlight World Wide Air Ambulance, our medical team members regularly transport and provide care to patients on their way for an organ transplant. Our team of patient advocates is here 24/7 to answer your questions.
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