AirMed International

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For the medical airline based out of the United Kingdom, see AirMed.

AirMed International, LLC, based in Birmingham, Alabama, is a fee for service air ambulance airline. The company was founded in 1987 as MEDjet International and renamed AirMed International in 2003. AirMed offers international service to all countries except for Iraq, North Korea, and Libya. The company also manages the fixed-wing component of Mayo MedAir,[1] the air medical services for the Mayo Clinic and is a contracted carrier for the U.S. Department of Defense. AirMed holds accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS)[2] and the European Aero-medical Institute.[3]

AirMed is a member of the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS)[4] and created a free, air ambulance industry website, weatherturndown.com, allowing medical transport programs to share current information regarding delays or cancellations due to weather or other hazards. More than 450 U.S. air ambulance programs[5] utilize this free safety website, winner of the 2008 AAMS Excellence in Community Service Award.[6]

AirMed sells a pre-paid air ambulance membership for individuals and families known as AirMed Traveler. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama includes air medical benefits through AirMed for its members. In 2011, AirMed International was named Official Air Ambulance of INDYCAR, the Izod IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights.[7] Also in 2011, AirMed became a finalist for the award, Air Ambulance Provider of the Year,[8] presented by the International Travel Insurance Journal.

Hubs[edit]

AirMed has two hubs around the world. The hubs are:
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Birmingham, Alabama (Main Hub)
Rochester International Airport, Rochester, Minnesota

Aircraft and Medical Capabilities[edit]

Two Hawker 800 aircraft (in Birmingham, AL)
Two Beechjet 400 aircraft (Rochester, MN)

The long-range Hawker jets are equipped with a liquid oxygen system (LOX), allowing for longer transport of ventilator-dependent patients without the need to replenish on-board oxygen supply. The AirMed Hawker aircraft have the capability of transporting two patients simultaneously. AirMed performs neonatal, pediatric and adult transports and specialized ECMO transports.

References[edit]

Exclusive Resorts adds Mayo Clinic and AirMed International

Chicago surgeon helps Haiti victims, flown on AirMed jet

Globe and Mail, Travel Insurance and Air Ambulance memberships

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