Air transportation for prehospital, emergency and critical care

Air Ambulance Review reports on the range of services available as well as the kind of care you can expect

Air Ambulances

An air ambulance is a helicopter or airplane specially outfitted that transports injured or sick people in a trauma emergency or over distances or terrain that is not suitable for a conventional ground ambulance. Various insurance policies provide for this eventuality.


These operations are called aeromedical. In some circumstances, the same aircraft may be used to search for missing or wanted people.


As with ground ambulances, air ambulances are outfitted with medical equipment essential to treating and monitoring their health needs. Common equipment for air ambulances includes medications, ventilators, ECGs and monitoring units, CPR equipment, and stretchers. A staffed and equipped air ambulance offers medical care in flight—while a non-medically equipped aircraft simply transports trauma patients without in flight care.