How Do I Know If My Injury Qualifies For an Emergency Medical Evacuation?

David A. Farcy / September 18, 2021 /

Updated September 28, 2021

Quickly receiving the proper medical treatment in the event of an injury is a process many of us take for granted. For travelers, sustaining an injury or ailment during a trip to an isolated environment or underdeveloped part of the world can pose a considerable challenge. At REVA, we understand the necessity of receiving the best possible healthcare fast.

What Is Emergency Medical Evacuation?

Emergency medical evacuation occurs when a person requires urgent medical treatment and cannot receive the care they need at a local facility. Evacuation involves transporting the patient from one hospital to another. This situation occurs when a local facility is limited in providing adequate treatment to a patient, particularly when a person is traveling away from home.

When evacuation is required, it may occur either by air or ground transportation. Once your physician determines the current medical facility cannot provide the necessary medical treatment and care, the evacuation typically occurs under your attending physician’s recommendation. An air medical transport provider’s highest priority is to get the patient the proper medical care they need as soon as possible.

Injuries That Qualify for Emergency Medical Evacuation

Injuries that impose a threat on a person’s life or limb(s) necessitate emergency medical evacuation when a patient cannot secure care locally. The physician administering care to the patient determines whether the evacuation is medically necessary. “Medically necessary” typically refers to healthcare supplies, equipment or services needed to treat or diagnose a condition, injury, disease, illness or set of symptoms while meeting accepted medical standards.

The range of specific injuries is vast, but several examples might include:

  • Fractures 
  • Heart attacks 
  • Strokes 
  • Trauma
  • Pulmonary problems
  • Disease
  • Severe mental illness

When the attending physician cannot evaluate, diagnose or provide treatment adequately, the emergency medical evacuation process begins.

REVA’s Emergency Medical Evacuation Services

When it comes to air-ambulance providers, REVA is the industry leader. Our team is among the most experienced and highly trained air evacuation specialists in the field. We offer complete care to our patients during every step of the process.

Our medical crews include top doctors, paramedics, nurses and respiratory therapists. Our aircraft fleet contains the most modern life-support critical care and life-support equipment. We also provide customer service assistance 24 hours per day to ensure our clients receive the best possible care.

At REVA, our process revolves around three essential stages:

  1. Call: The case manager, caregiver or patient contacts REVA and requests transport.
  2. Confirm: REVA coordinates the patient transfer, including flight and ground transportation, by securing the medical crews and gathering the necessary travel documents.
  3. Complete: We safely and successfully transport our clients from one care facility to another while adhering to HIPAA guidelines

REVA will evaluate all financial options, determine insurance coverage and prepare the necessary documentation throughout the reimbursement process.

Contact REVA Today

REVA has been providing care and transporting patients for over 30 years. We are the most modern, safe and professional air-medical transportation service in the industry. For more information about how we can help you, request a quote or contact us online today.