Emergency vs. Medical Transport: What’s The Difference?

Emergency vs. Medical Transport: What’s The Difference?

Both medical transport and emergency transport involve getting people from one location to another. Emergency transport typically is used to get a patient to a hospital quickly. Medical transport involves moving someone who needs or wants medical care during the journey.

The main difference is the situation. Those in emergency transport need to arrive at a treatment facility as fast as possible. Those who get medical transport are not usually in a hurry. They may even be on vacation. But they have medical personnel with them to ensure their medical needs are taken care of during the trip.

Reasons for Emergency Transport

If you ever are in a situation where you must dial 9-1-1, the people who arrive work in emergency transport. Typically, they use an ambulance or helicopter. What is sent depends on your medical condition or injury. Emergency personnel will send whatever vehicle they think has the best chance of keeping you alive until you reach the hospital.

The staff involved with emergency transport includes emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics who can assess your condition and perform the necessary medical procedures to keep you stable until you reach the hospital.

They are experts at first-aid treatment and life support care. They report what they have seen to doctors and nurses at the hospital once they arrive.

Reasons for Medical Transport

Many who are interested in medical transport may not know that the nurses who travel with patients have training and experience in emergency medicine – at least, that is the case with Flying Angels.

Medical transport, sometimes called non-emergency medical transport (NEMT), can be used for many reasons. They typically involve air travel. Situations that could involve medical transport include:

  • Traveling to see a specialist in another city
  • Grandparents on a vacation to see loved ones
  • Elderly parents moving to a new home
  • Someone who has suffered an injury but who must travel
  • Someone with a chronic medical condition
  • Someone who has experienced a medical emergency in another country and is trying to get home

In any of those situations, people can hire a service that provides a flight nurse who will travel with them. The experienced nurse manages all the medical equipment needed to handle any situation, as well as manage the patient’s medication. They also have training on providing medical care at high altitudes.

Additionally, the company handles all the travel arrangements for clients and guides them through all the processes within the airport. Those are the primary differences between emergency transport and medical transport. Here’s hoping you never need either, but if you need the latter, you at least know that help is there when you need it.

Retirement Relocation: How To Relocate with Limited Mobility

Retirement Relocation: How To Relocate with Limited Mobility

Deciding on a retirement relocation is a decision that almost everyone faces. Making the right choice is not as difficult as it might seem, if you keep factors such as health services, money, climate, the social network, the size of the community and the distance from your family in mind.

With life spans increasing and retirement lasting longer, the decision is one of the biggest in a person’s life. You might spend a third of your life in your retirement relocation spot! That’s why it’s worth taking the time to plan out your retirement move – it’s better to start early rather than late.

All the below factors are important when choosing a spot to make a retirement relocation. However, we start with the most important one.

Health Services

If you have limited mobility, you want to make sure where you live gives you access to the medical services you require. This includes access to doctors, specialists and other medical professionals, as well as medical transportation services when needed. This should clearly be the top factor in choosing a place – nothing can be considered if it doesn’t meet this first criteria.

Financial Considerations

Is it affordable? With people living longer than ever, retirement can last far longer than you might have first expected, and certainly much longer than it did for previous generations. That means you want to plan for the long-term and ensure you have the financial resources to afford the spot you are considering. When choosing a retirement relocation destination, it’s also important to have downsized your life to a level where it makes sense for what you need going forward, not all the stuff you had in the past.

Climate

This once reigned as the chief concern for those choosing a retirement spot. And while money more likely now takes prominence, climate and temperature still play a key role in making a retirement relocation choice. That’s why Florida, Arizona and parts of The South (such as South Carolina) are still popular choices.

Social Network

There’s a reason why a place such as South Florida is known as “NYC South.” Many New Yorkers vacation and retire in the Miami area or other parts of South Florida. That creates a social network of people who they can relate to and feel comfortable with. However, someone moving from, say, Chicago to South Carolina might find the social differences too large to overcome. Keep this is in mind when making your location choice.

Size Matters

When it comes to the medical services and other human services you will want, it’s best to consider places with at least 10,000 people – probably more. While it might seem attractive to live far out in the country, it’s likely a better choice to find a spot with a bit more population and the services that come with it.

Family

Family plays an important role in deciding where to retire. For most people, being close to children and grandchildren – as well as extended family such as brother, sisters, aunts and uncles – is a big reason why they pick a place to settle down. Don’t make it hard on yourself by moving too far away from the people who make you the happiest.

There are some of the key consideration to keep in mind when choosing a retirement relocation. By weighing these factors, it will help you determine what location is the best fit for you and your future.

10 Air Travel Tips For Your Next Trip

10 Air Travel Tips For Your Next Trip

Air travel is meant to be fun. It’s supposed to expand your horizons and introduce you to new cultures. But for some people, planning and going on a trip becomes more like an extension of everyday life – a bit of a chore.

You don’t want that! Read some of the tips below that can help you have a more relaxed, rewarding trip. Travel has so much to offer that you don’t want the little things keeping you from seeing (and enjoying) the Big Picture.

Travel Light

The fewer items you bring, the fewer hassles you have. It’s just that simple. Learn to pack less for your trips. Take only the minimum. You’ll save yourself on baggage fees, have less to check in and less to lug around.

Pick the Right Security Line

People who complain about getting stuck behind families with a lot of kids in the security line should really blame themselves. In that moment when you can scan the security lines before committing to one, look for the line that has the most people in business attire (they know what they are doing) and the fewest kids (they have no idea what they are doing).

Bring a Book

Don’t want to talk to people on the plane? Then, bring a book. Nothing says “I don’t wish to be bothered” quite as well as a good book on your lap. Also, if you’re a reader, the airport and the plane offer a great chance to catch up on reading.

Pick the Right Seat

This is so important that we devoted an entire article to it. Choosing the right seat for air travel involves having a plan for what works best for you and then following it through. In every scenario, you want to avoid young kids, talkative large groups and those who are most likely to get up and use the bathroom repeatedly (studies show that women do this more often than men).

Bring a Hoodie

Hoodies have become the versatile air travel apparel of choice for the veteran. A hoodie can protect your head from a sudden rain shower. You can use the hoodie as a pillow on the plane. You can draw the hoodie closed to get some privacy for a nap. And so on. Find your favorite hoodie and bring it along.

Pause Before Leaving

Smart people – especially those in large groups or with a family – know to always “take a pause” before leaving anywhere. This includes an airport lounge, hotel room, show venue, restaurants and anywhere else that you sat, stood and hung out in for more than just a few minutes. During that pause, look around to make sure you have everything with you. Leaving something behind (phone, headphones, money, articles of clothing) is still the issue that plagues people the most on trips.

Manage Your Money

Your best bet for foreign travel is to get a card from a U.S. bank that doesn’t charge you for making purchases out of the country. You can pass on using traveler’s checks, they are not needed anymore in most places. Also, because ATM machines are now in most places, you don’t need to carry a lot of cash with you, either.

Insurance and Professional Support

If you want to have security when travelling, buy travel insurance. This is especially important if you are traveling overseas – make sure to purchase a medical travel insurance policy. And if you have a medical condition or an injury, consider hiring a professional transport company to help arrange your trip and take care of all your medical needs.

Don’t Over Plan

You don’t need to know what you are doing for every single moment of every single day. Build in some open time so you can explore whatever catches your eye or whatever interesting place a local tells you about. Travel is meant to expand your knowledge and give you new experiences. Not everything can, or should, be planned.

Don’t Delay

If there is someplace you have always wanted to go or a site you’ve always wanted to see, then start planning to make that trip today. You may need time to save money, but the sooner you start to save, the sooner you can go. If you put off the trip longer, you run the risk of never going. Life tends to get in the way. These are some air travel tips to keep in mind. Travel is still one of the best ways to understand the world and meet interesting people. Take the time to do it right and relax. Travel is meant to be a fun adventure, not an over-planned chore!

How Not To Get Sick on a Plane

How Not To Get Sick on a Plane

There are typically three reasons why someone in a house gets sick. They are because one member of the household:

  • Still goes to school, which is a germ factory without equal
  • Works in an office where the boss frowns upon people calling in sick, leading to creation of a germ factory
  • Just took an airplane flight

It doesn’t take Alexander Fleming to know that airplanes are a petri dish of germs. People from across the country and around the world, all crammed into a compact area, and who knows which ones go to school or what kind of horrible “you’re not really sick” bosses they have?

Now comes the part where we remind you that sneezes can travel 200 feet, if not covered at the source. Ugh.

Still, plenty of seasoned travelers fly all around the planet and don’t get sick. How do they do it? By reading tips like the ones you are about to read.

Don’t Use the Bathroom

Right before passengers line up to board your flight, use the bathroom at the airport. Don’t drink tons of water before your flight. The reason why is that airplane bathrooms are used by, well, everyone. And germs tend to gather on the sink, toilet seats and door handles. If your flight is short enough, avoid the bathroom.

Drink Water, Not Coffee or Alcohol

You do want to drink water once you get in the air, though. The reason why so many people pick up colds – in addition to the close quarters with many other people – is that the humidity in the air is far lower than what our bodies are used to on the ground. Membranes in the nose and air passages can dry out, making you more susceptible to bacteria and viruses. Water will keep you hydrated and those membranes moist. Coffee and alcohol will dehydrate you, so avoid them.

Keep Hands Clean

The bacteria that causes colds and flu can live for hours on skin, seatbacks and chair arms. Then you touch them. Then you eat some peanuts with your fingers. Then, you’re home with the flu a few days later. It’s always a good idea to keep your hands clean, especially on a plane. Use hand sanitizer or wash with warm, soapy water.

Don’t Touch Your Face

Yes, this is what you tell kids in certain situations. But it really works on airplanes, too. Biting your nails, eating with your bare fingers, scratching your nose – all this provides a really easy transport system for any bacteria or viruses that get past your hand washing or sanitizing. Don’t make it easy for them.

Use the Air Vent

Ever notice the seasoned business traveler who always turns on the air vent and has it blow on her? That’s to blow any airborne germs away from her face. And that’s a smart thing to do. As we indicated in our 2016 article “Airline Air Quality” on average, cabin air is completely refreshed 20 times per hour, compared with just 12 times per hour in an office building. On most aircraft, air is also circulated through hospital-grade HEPA filters, which remove over 99% of bacteria, as well as the airborne particles that viruses use for transport.

If You’re Injured

You especially want to follow all these rules if you are injured. Fortunately, by working with the airlines or hiring a professional non-emergency medical transport company, you can get assistance in getting a seat that is the most comfortable, staying hydrated, etc. For other tips on traveling while injured, look here.

Let’s face it. There’s no guarantee you won’t get sick on a plane. But these tips help thousands of people get through a flight with no problems. Just be prepared and you have a better shot at arriving at your destination bacteria and virus free.

What Is The Best Seat on an Airplane?

What Is The Best Seat on an Airplane?

Everyone wants to find the best seat on an airplane, but everyone has different wants and needs. Depending on your preference and situation, you can seek out a window seat for great views and the best sleeping, an aisle seat for easier access, a middle seat to get closer to the front, seats close to the exit doors for peace of mind or seats close to the bathroom (for obvious reasons).

These days, boarding a plane can become a free-for-all. Many airlines do not give out seat assignments. Finding the right seat requires having a plan. Those who don’t sometimes end up being featured on those YouTube videos about angry airplane passengers.

You don’t want to be one of those people! Consider these suggestions before you even get to the airport and have a plan before you board.

Choosing the Window Seat

This is the first choice of many. That’s why these seats fill up fast. They are great for the obvious reason – you get a view out the plane. Another advantage is that you can use a hoodie or jacket for a pillow and lay your head against the inside wall of the plane. That’s one of the best in-flight sleep positions you can find. If you want a window seat because of the view, just make sure you don’t pick one that’s over one of the wings.

Choosing the Aisle Seat

Aisle seats have a bad reputation because your legs get bumped by other passengers and (even worse) the drink cart pushed by flight attendants. You can avoid this by staying awake and paying attention. The hassle is worth it if you need a seat that you can get into and out of quickly because you want to stretch your legs or make frequent bathroom trips.

Choosing a Seat Near a Bathroom

If you suspect you’ll need to make frequent bathroom trips, then an aisle seat near the front or the back of the plane puts you where you want to be.

Choosing the Middle Seat

Who would choose the middle seat? You would, if you’re a relatively small or thin person who wants to sit near the front and be among the first people off the plane. The middle seats are often the last ones taken. You’ll be surprised to find how easy it is to find a middle seat near the front, even if you are among the last group to get on a plane.

Which Seat to Choose If You’re Injured or Impaired

Those flying with injuries or physical impairment should always call ahead and make arrangements with the airline. They will usually find the best seat for you (typically at or near the front). Make sure to arrive earlier than usual. You’ll want a seat that allows you the most room possible. You also can’t sit in the exit row. And you want to be near the bathroom to lessen the distance you must move if you need to make a bathroom trip. A smart move is to call a Non-Emergency Medical Transportation company, which not only can set all of this up for you but also have a nurse fly with you.

Other Tips

A few other things to think about when choosing a seat.

  • Quickly scout out the people around you if you can, looking for loud talkers or crying babies
  • Bring a book and start reading as soon as you’re seated if you’re not in the mood to have someone talk to you
  • Dress in layers, it can get cold at 30,000 feet
  • This is more luck than anything, but try to find a person who isn’t leaning the chair in front of you back

Those are some tips to keep in mind to make your flight that much more pleasant. Again, the key is to have a good plan and follow through. In this age of air travel, you must look out for yourself or risk getting stuck where you don’t want to sit.

Spring Break Travel Tips

Spring Break Travel Tips

It’s almost time to take a break away from the wintry weather and embark on sping break travel where the temperatures are warm, the beaches are beautiful and your time is your own.

Thank goodness! Spring break travel offers a great escape from your routine and a chance to have some fun. People head to Florida, the Caribbean, California and other warm-weather spots. It beats shoveling snow another week and wearing layers of clothes.

When making spring break plans, it’s important to keep some common-sense tips in mind. They include the following.

Choose the Right Spot

College students leaving town for spring break have different travel needs than those booking a family vacation. Make sure to check out the places you are considering through online forums and websites. Find the one that suits what you are looking for – only you know what kind of spring break you need.

Travel Advisories

If you plan to leave the country, then the U.S. Department of State website is a must. The federal government offers updated information on potential dangers in traveling to different countries. The countries are ranked by levels, with Level 1 meaning “exercise normal precautions” (this includes most countries) and Level 4 meaning “do not travel” (Afghanistan).  A color-coded map on the site gives you a chance to quickly see if a country is safe to visit.

Travel Budget

You need one. Then, you need to stick to one. A budget works best if you set it before you pick a spot to visit for spring break. That way, you won’t set your sights on going somewhere that you cannot afford. Once the budget is set, look for places to visit that fit within your budget. Don’t forget to include airfare, car rentals, hotels, food and souvenirs. You don’t want to blow your spring break travel budget for the entire year on spring break. You will regret it come summer.

Look For Spring Break Travel Deals

Once you have your budget and destination in place, look for deals. The travel and leisure industry is very competitive and they know all the spring break places people want to visit. Many hotels will offer great deals to beat out the competition. Look for deals early and you can save a lot of cash on your trip.

Make A Plan for Emergencies

Many people do not take the time to plan for what happens if you get hurt on vacation. You’ll want to have the right kind of insurance for your trip. You also want to have emergency numbers for where you are going and pack all medications and supplies you need. It’s also a smart move to have contract information for non-emergency medical transport in case you need help getting back home. Experts in NEMT can bring you back safely even if you are in a foreign country.

Pack What You Need

This applies to families especially. Don’t wait to buy sunglasses, flip flops and t-shirts when you arrive at your spring break spot. Instead, buy what you can before you leave and pack it for the flight. You will save a lot of money by not waiting. That said, don’t pack more than you need. Spring break is one of those times when you want to travel light. Keeping these tips in mind can make your spring break trip that much better. Plan early, save money and take steps to make sure you and your family are safe. That way, you can spend more time doing what you are supposed to do on spring break – have fun!