A medical escort, also known as a patient escort or flight nurse, can take several forms, but the idea behind them remains the same. The purpose of a medical escort is to bring someone who has fallen sick from their current location to a new destination. Whether the patient needs a medical escort for short distances or long distances, they will receive attentive medical care throughout the journey to ensure their safe arrival. 

There are two types of medical escorts:

  • Commercial medical escort: In this type of medical escort, the patient uses a commercial airliner to bring them to their destination. A team of medical escort professionals will be with the patient every step of the way. They will help the patient stay safe and comfortable throughout the flight to ensure a successful trip. The patient can sit in one of the airplane’s seats, or the airline may have accommodations that allow the patient to stay in a stretcher during the flight. 
  • Private medical transport: This type of medical escort may fall under the category of air ambulance services. In this situation, the patient charters an air ambulance to take them to their destination. An air ambulance is especially helpful during emergencies, but patients can use them for their non-emergency transportation needs. They may be more expensive than commercial medical escorts, but they provide direct personalized service you cannot get on a commercial flight. 



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REVA confirms medical necessity and condition of the patient. REVA will coordinate all aspects of the air medical escort process.


Patient arrives safely to their final destination.

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As we mentioned above, the best time to use a medical escort is during non-emergency situations. This can include the need for a medical escort after surgery to bring the stabilized patient back home. A post-op escort will ensure the patient has a safe trip to their final destination and receives all the help they need along the way. In some instances, a medical escort doctor can provide spur-of-the-moment treatment should an unexpected situation arise. 

Hiring a medical escort is appropriate any time a patient needs to change their location while receiving constant medical supervision. You or a loved one may fall ill while away from home or overseas. A medical escort can bring you back home with more peace of mind, knowing you’re getting the treatment you need. A medical escort is wise for any individual who has specific medical needs and risks who needs to travel from point A to point B. 

Medical Professionals


REVA's flight nurse and medical escort solutions provides care to those ill or injured patients who cannot travel unassisted, but do not require a full air ambulance service.

  • Post-cardiac catheterization and PTCA

  • FAA approved in flight oxygen and medical equipment

  • Intravenous medications administration

  • Assisting patients with extremity injuries in casts & splints

  • A network of well-traveled clinicians stationed across the globe

  • Mental health support


PREPARE: REVA schedules all commercial airline flights and ground transportation. First or business class seating is provided for patient comfort. Travel arrangements for accompanying family members is also included.

PERFORM: REVA's flight nurses perform continuous patient care monitoring throughout the entire transport. REVA's 24/7 "in house" flight medical team carries out expert pre-flight assessments and flight monitoring. 

COMMUNICATE: REVA's 24/7 Communications Center performs completes transport status reports. 

our team is equipped to monitor medical escorts on a flight


Our medical professionals collectively have accumulated thousands of hours of experience in air-ambulance transport, critical care and emergency room response.


REVA’s medical team is staffed by highly qualified specialists in emergency care, including flight doctors, registered nurses, critical-care paramedics and registered respiratory therapists.


Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Care Unit and Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Emergency Department Basic and Pediatric Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation, Prehospital Trauma Life Support

“It is the sacred responsibility of every REVA medical professional to provide the finest care to our clients.”


Medical Director

David A, Farcy is one of the preeminent physicians in the highly specialized field of emergency care and critical-care medicine. Dr. Farcy, who joined REVA as its medical director in 2015, is the senior editor of Critical Care Emergency Medicine, which means he has literally written the book on emergency-care.


REVA’s medical staff has the knowledge and expertise to provide excellent care to every client.


REVA Medical Director Dr. David A. Farcy is a distinguished physician has been recognized internationally for his contributions to the field.


REVA requires its medical staff to take part in regularly scheduled training. REVA requires training and education that is ongoing on a daily basis and intensive in its approach.

What Type of Medical Care Can a Flight Nurse Provide?

The responsibilities of a flight nurse during transport are crucial to the patient's safety and well-being. A flight nurse works with medical teams on the ground to ensure the patient receives the specific care they need when in the air. Medical escort on flight services are typically almost the same as hospital care.

Whether you require a flight nurse or a team involving multiple medical professionals, REVA has you covered. 

the medical escort air travel team is ready to leap into action and save lives

Primary Medical Duties of Flight Nurse

Post-cardiac catheterization and PTCA.
FAA-approved in-flight medical and oxygen equipment.
Administration of intravenous medications.
Assisting patients with extremity injuries in casts and splints.
Mental health support.
Administering of pain medication or other needed medications.
Overall health monitoring to ensure a stable condition.
Cathetor and incontinence help.
Keeping the patient connected to oxygen and other essential equipment.

Additional Duties of Medical Team

Making sure all necessary equipment and supplies are on hand.
Providing an initial evaluation to assess the patient's state of health.
Communicating patient condition and ETA with family members and awaiting facility.
Ensuring the maintenance and proper function of equipment and medical machinery.
Assisting with use of the lavatory during flight.
Acquisition of food and beverages for the patient.
Helping the patient stay comfortable.
Help with boarding and exiting the plane.

Benefits of a Medical Escort

AVAILABILITY: Hospitals sometimes do not give much notice to a patient's release date. At REVA, we can begin the process of setting up a reliable transportation plan right away.

RESPONSE TIME: REVA will immediately respond to your initial inquiry, while some conventional transportation sources may require more time or call-backs for consultation.

CONVENIENCE: REVA handles all aspects of transportation, including tickets, flight nurses, ground transportation and the plane, making the experience easier for the patient and their family. 

DEPENDABILITY: When using other non-emergency transportation services, a patient may experience extensive wait times. However, REVA's Communication Center will quickly coordinate the entire travel plan from beginning to end.

SPEED: Using REVA's medical escort services will get your patient to their destination much quicker than other conventional sources.

QUALIFIED MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS: REVA's medical transportation team consists of some of the most talented professionals in the industry.

EQUIPMENT & MEDICAL SUPPLIES: Our crew works with doctors and hospitals to ensure all the necessary supplies, medication and equipment are present before transport begins.

INTERNATIONAL AVAILABILITY: While some transport services operate strictly within a single country, REVA can arrange transport plans globally.

DIGNIFIED TRAVEL: You'll have confidence that you’ll experience a dignified travel experience. The medical professionals assigned to you will ensure you’re comfortable during your journey. They can offer assistance when patients need to use the lavatory, and they can also offer privacy when you want some alone time. 

PEACE OF MIND: By choosing REVA as your medical escort provider, you know that you'll receive the most superior service and treatment the industry can offer, as we have many impressive accreditations and associations

benefits of medical escort companies
“Our crew is better at what we do than anyone else in the business. Period.”

Steve Williams is an on old hand, with more than 30 years’ experience in emergency medicine. In other words, he’s seen it before, he’s done it before. He also currently holds the position of Team Commander of the FIU FAST Team, which is a disaster recovery team, and Deputy Team Commander for the federal government’s Trauma & Critical Care Team South.

Top Industry Trained Flight Nurses

All medical professionals are required to attend ongoing training. REVA’s training is intensive and focused. Education never stops. The two form the foundation of a program of excellence that exceeds industry requirements. When a civilian air ambulance company can effortlessly take part in training with the Air National Guard and prove its mettle in a medical evacuation exercise, that effort deserves to be noted. REVA accomplished that when it exceled in Empire Strike at Schenectady County Airport, REVA’s northeast base.  It was the first time a commercial air-ambulance company had been involved in such an effort.


Medical Escort Service Insurance Coverage

Understanding the costs involved with medical transport can sometimes be challenging. AT REVA, we have the knowledge and expertise to guide you step-by-step through the entire insurance reimbursement process. We work directly with insurance companies to remove any financial barriers between our clients and the care they deserve.

REVA finds the coverage and relays the financial options while you fly home and receive the necessary care. Here are a few parts of the insurance process we'll help you handle:

  • Coverage analysis: We'll help you determine what types of coverage you have and which benefits you're entitled to receive.
  • Documentation assistance: We will assist in preparing the necessary paperwork for preauthorization. We'll also help expedite the approval process while ensuring the maximum amount of benefits.
  • Appeal denials: We work on your behalf in the event your insurance company wrongly withholds your benefits.


Medical Evacuation vs. Medical Repatriation

Which One Do I Need & Can REVA Help Me?

While some may think medical evacuation and medical repatriation are the same, there is a significant difference. Medical evacuations usually apply to medical emergencies and require immediate transportation to a facility that can provide the appropriate level of care. On the other hand, medical repatriation typically refers to the transport of a patient after primary care.

For example, if a person receives medical attention while traveling in a foreign country and shows signs of recovery, the trip to return home would involve repatriation. Medical repatriation often begins where medical evacuation ends. In many cases, repatriation occurs when a patient requires long-term care at another facility but is no longer in critical condition.

Although medical escorts usually perform repatriation, REVA is fully capable of handling medical evacuations, too. Depending on your policy, your insurance may cover both evacuation and repatriation. Our insurance experts at REVA can help you understand the differences and how they apply to you. 


Many factors go into the cost of a medical escort. This means that each patient’s unique situation directly affects the price paid. Here are some factors to consider that will influence the medical escort cost:

Advance notice: Sometimes, having more advance notice can secure you a lower cost for your medical escort. Advance notice gives your medical escort company time to schedule your flight using an aircraft closer to your location. This means that the aircraft will have to travel less to reach you, which uses less fuel and lowers your costs. Spur-of-the-moment medical escort requests will have to use the next available flight for your timeframe. If that flight is coming from far away, you may face a higher bill.

Your destination: Where the medical escort is taking you will also influence the cost. It stands to reason that a longer journey will translate to a higher payment due to fuel costs, crew wages, etc. A nearer destination means less time in the air and less time paying for the services of your escort. But of course, other factors come into play that can make even shorter journeys more expensive than longer ones.

Your medical needs: Your medical needs can have a heavy influence on the cost of your medical escort. Light medical monitoring may demand fewer medical staff, but a patient in more medically unpredictable circumstances may need more medical professionals to keep them safe and healthy. It would be wise to request a medical escort quote and let REVA know more about your unique situation to give you a better idea of pricing.

When you contact us, we will ask for all information regarding the patient’s condition. Our medical team will review the medical report, which includes the physician’s recommendation, and verify if it is safe for the patient to travel on a commercial flight.

"It was such a delight working with the AMAZING REVA Team! They are professional, knowledgeable, helpful and caring with a personal touch. They keep great communication all along the process. It was definitely a WOW! experience from beginning to end!"

~ Louis P.

"I would highly recommend their services to anyone who may be considering this highly specialized type of service."

~ Jeff

"My father needed an air ambulance from the Bahamas to Ft. Lauderdale, and your team was amazing. I cannot thank you enough for the service you all provided and the care you delivered to him and my mom. They truly couldn’t stop raving about how incredible your team was, from the pilots to the emergency crew… we honestly don’t think he would be alive if it weren’t for your team."

~ Mike H.