Port Charlotte, FL (PRWEB) November 01, 2011
Air Critical Care LLC, headquartered in Port Charlotte, Florida, announced today the appointment of Blane M. Crandall, MD, as the company’s new director of air medical transport of high-risk obstetric [HROB] patients with physician who will provide medical care for high risk pregnancies.
Blane M. Crandall, MD is a graduate of the University of South Florida is a specialist in internal medicine and leads the Air Critical Cares Obstetric Emergency Transport’s team of registered nurses, critical care paramedics and registered respiratory therapists.
“Air medical transport is not only advantageous, but critical for neonate survival and maternal morbidity,” said Dr. Crandall. “A high risk pregnancy should be identified and properly managed by the physician. Several conditions can exist that can result in a high-risk pregnancy, including gestational diabetes mellitus [GDM], pregnancy-related obesity while many result in premature birth which can lead to developmental delays and higher mortality rates.”
Michael Peat, managing partner of [Air Critical Care LLC, said, “Dr. Crandall is an invaluable asset to our team of highly experienced air medical transport professionals.
"Dr. Crandall is highly regarded as a dedicated physician, but is also an innovator who continues to stay on the cutting edge of his medical specialty,” added Peat.
When asked about the new partnership with ACC, Dr. Crandall said, “I recognized the company’s attention to detail and patient oriented approach to transport. The strong corporate values and dedication to patient safety fit well with my philosophy of medical care. By providing high quality, safe, transport to a broader spectrum of patients than has traditionally been available, we will be able to be directly responsible for markedly improved patient outcomes.”
Challenges of Transporting HROB Patients
“As the transferring physician, my experience has revealed many obstacles in the transport of pregnant patients,” explained Crandall. “First, because of the low number of transport agencies willing to transport these patients – due to a lack of options or transport may be very limited geographically --- there are entire regions that almost no transport for pregnant patients is available.”
According to Crandall, the most recent World Health Organization [WHO] sponsored an analysis of infant mortality in the Caribbean and Latin America which revealed an infant mortality rate more than 4 times higher than in America. The maternal mortality ratio for the same region is 10 times higher.
“My experience as the transferring physician has been that transport of pregnant patients has been that there are many obstacles,” explained Crandall. “First, because of the low number of transport agencies willing to transport these patients - either there is no option, or transport may be very limited geographically (to the nearest large facility - whether or not that is the best for the patient). There are entire regions that almost no transport for pregnant patients is available.”
“We are very excited to have Dr. Crandall join our staff of highly-qualified air medical transport professionals, and believe his contribution to our team will produce healthier outcomes for many,” added Peat.
As the leader in medical transportation and air ambulance services, Air Critical Care [ACC]
offers service 24/7 throughout the U.S., as well as worldwide
medical flight transport with the support of a
network of offices throughout the United States, including medical transport in Michigan, New York,
Arizona and Florida. In addition to air ambulance, ACC provides medical escort services, commercial stretcher services on international flights and long distance ground medical transportation.
For more information about ACC, visit Aircriticalcare.com [http://www.aircriticalcare.com __title__ air medcial service] or call toll free at 800-550-0674.