Air Ambulances in India: The Future of Emergency Medical Transportation.

Did you know India is the second most densely populated country in the world, with a density of 464 people per km²? For a population so large, problems like congestion and traffic jams are common hassles during medical emergencies. When the condition of the patient is critical, time is of the essence. Air ambulances have proven to be very useful in such situations. One of the most recent and highlighted examples was the accident of cricketer Rishabh Pant. Pant was airlifted from Dehradun to Mumbai for his medical care. Airlifting patients during a medical emergency is quicker, safer, and a lot more efficient.

What is an Air Ambulance Service?

An Air Ambulance is a beacon of hope for those in immediate need of medical assistance. With quick response time, cutting-edge equipment, and a highly trained crew, air ambulances offer a lifesaving journey to the patients on board. It is a crucial resource for overcoming distance barriers in medical treatments.

Importance of Air Ambulance Services in India

Due to socio-economic developments and improved standard of living, Air Ambulances are gaining popularity in Inda, owing to features like:
  • Efficiency
India’s diverse topography ranges from mountains to plains, deserts to dense rainforests. As a developing country, there is still a lot of progress that is needed in terms of road connectivity. Air ambulance services facilitate quick and efficient transportation for patients in remote and rural areas. The service caters best to patients who are flown to a different city, state, or even country.
  • Time-sensitive
Time is one of the most important factors that make air ambulances stand out. Air ambulance services help in timely transporting patients to medical safety. This can be very beneficial for patients with serious injuries or illnesses that need immediate care, as every minute can make a difference in the outcome of their condition.
  • Covers long distances
Air ambulances help transport patients over long distances. From rural areas to hospitals in big cities, or from one city to another- Air ambulances are technologically and medically equipped and hence are the best option to carry patients in emergency situations.
  • Disaster Management
In the last 2 years, there have been over 300 natural disasters in India. In total, natural disasters have taken over 80,000 lives and have affected over 100 crore people. Air ambulance services are key in emergency medical services and disaster management. They can provide medical assistance and evacuation services during natural disasters, accidents, and other emergencies.  

The scenario in India:

According to V K Singh, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, only 49 air ambulances are currently operated by 19 operators in India. Additionally, 4,100 patients have used air ambulance services over the past three years. With increased medical tourism and the income of people, this number will surely go up in the future.

Way Forward:

BSIDEU is playing an important role in assuring the availability and accessibility of Air Ambulances. Through the combination of our state-of-the-art technology and experienced paramedics, we make sure that emergency patient transfers are swift, secure, and comfortable, with professional in-flight care.   So the next time you need intercity care, worry not, BSDIEU will fly you there! Download the BSIDEU app now!