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There are many types of medical transportation services to transport patients between facilities and save lives in the event of an emergency. These services are available for all patients and are usually accessed 24 hours day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The severity of the situation, mileage, and the patient’s medical condition determine the type of transportation needed.

Benefits of Medical Transportation

Medical transportation services enable patients to reach their destination quickly and efficiently. While in transit, highly trained drivers, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics provide medical services that may be needed to ensure a safe arrival.

Why Use Medical Transportation?

Non-emergency medical transportation services are scheduled in advance to transport the patient to and from appointments. Healthcare providers prefer these professional services because of the dependability and neutrality.

Listed below is a comprehensive list of the medical transportation services with descriptions and situations in which they are utilized.

Types of Medical Transportation


Non-emergency Medical Transportation


Wheelchair transportation

courier medical transport

flight escort services

Non-emergency medical transportation is a professional service to transport individual(s) with a health condition or injury that does not pose an immediate threat. Doctors schedule transportation for patients who have a medical condition that prohibits them from travel.  Law firms depend on these services to transport an injured client to a deposition, court appearance, or interview.


Ambulatory transportation (sedan)

Ambulatory transportation is the most common form of non-emergency medical transportation. It is for patients who do not need equipment to travel and who are able to walk, or only need basic assistance.


Stretcher

In addition, stretcher medical transport is available, specifically for patients who suffer from back conditions or who cannot sit upright. Scheduling this service implies that emergency assistance is not required in transit or at time of arrival.


Wheelchair

Wheelchair transport services offer help to those who are confined to a wheelchair or who cannot walk on their own. CPR-trained drivers operate the vans and wheelchair lifts. Wheelchairs are available for rent and special consideration is given to patients with disabilities. Again, the use of this service implies that the patient does not need immediate emergency care at the time of service.

For more information please contact 800-726-9891 or send a message to transportation@iugroup.com.


Flight Escorts

Medical flight escort services are for patients who are well enough to travel by air but require medical supervision because they cannot converse or sit upright. Using this escort service means that a private air ambulance is not necessary.

With this in mind, we arrange flight escort services with a commercial airline. An on-board nurse will accompany the patient to monitor their condition for the flight’s duration. Upon arrival, the nurse coordinates ground transportation (taxi, family members, medical transportation, etc.) to get the patient to the final destination. 


Courier Service

Medical courier services exist to transport human blood, organs and other biological matter to and from hospitals and research facilities. It’s important to note that our contracted drivers are carefully screened and adhere to the strictest confidentiality and privacy standards, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).


Emergency Medical Transportation


ambulatory medical transportation

medical transportation services


Basic Life Support Ambulance (BLS)

A Basic Life Support ambulance is for patients who need medical assistance while in transit. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) provide bandages, EpiPens, cardiac monitoring, splints, oxygen tanks, and other medical supplies on board at all times.

A transportation representative will coordinate BLS transportation prior to the patient’s discharge date to transport him/her to their home, another medical facility, rehabilitation clinic, assisted living community or psychiatric clinic.


Advanced Life Support Ambulance (ALS)

Similarly, Advanced Life Support ambulances are operated by highly skilled paramedics. While on board, paramedics administer shots, medication, monitor vitals, and stabilize the patient for transport to an emergency room or trauma unit.


Transportation Interpreters

Foreign language and American Sign Language interpretation services are paired with transportation (upon request) to accommodate the needs of patients with limited English proficiency or who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing. A medical interpreter can mean the difference between life and death provided that he or she is qualified. We strongly advise against the use of a family member or friend on the ride because of the lack of training in medical vocabulary. In addition, being unaware of confidentiality policies and being unable to be impartial puts patients at risk.

The same goes for legal interpretation. Qualified legal interpreters specialize in legal jargon and ensure the patient understands all legal formalities. For example, in a personal injury case, medical transportation is arranged to bring the patient to court. While in court, the legal interpreter interprets on the spot.

Interpreters Unlimited developed a niche in the Health and Human Services sector to streamline transportation process for legal, healthcare, mental health, workers’ compensation and insurance clients. We contract qualified interpreters (versus non-qualified interpreters) because of the advanced knowledge and specialized training.

Clients can request an interpreter at anytime of the day or week by calling 800-726-9891, sending us a message or through our proprietary Web IUX Portal. We offer competitive pricing for these services nationwide. Contact us today.

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