Air Critical Care Expands High Risk Pregnancy Services with Addition of New Ultra Sound Equipment

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Dr. Blane Crandall To Lead Air Critical Care Worldwide Air Ambulance HROB Team With New Portable Ultra Sound Units On Air Ambulance Fleet

Dr. Crandall with Air Ambulance and Medical Flight Equipment

Dr. Crandall with Air Critical Cares New Inflight Ultasound.

Air Critical Care LLC, a world class air ambulance company headquartered in Punta Gorda, Florida, announced today the addition of new ultrasound equipment for high-risk obstetric [HROB] patients further expanding its HROB services after the recent appointment of Blane M. Crandall, MD, who is a graduate of the University of South Florida and a specialist in internal medicine. Dr. Crandall will lead the ACC Obstetric Emergency Transport’s team of registered nurses, critical care paramedics and registered respiratory therapists.

Led by Dr. Crandall, the Air Critical Cares Obstetric Emergency Transport team will have the benefits of using the new General Electric LOGIQ Book XP which represents the latest innovation in compact ultrasound equipment. The LOGIQ Book XP has an advanced platform designed to provide new levels of clinical value for demanding healthcare environments, notably in the aviation medical transport of HROB patients in countries with lesser healthcare options, according to Crandall. The features include: boundary-less scanning, light and ultra-portable system, integrated networking solutions, an easy to use interface, personalized presets, ergonomic design, versatile probe technology, exceptional image quality, and flexible applications.

“This new ultrasound is the ideal solution for HROB patients who may be stuck in a foreign country like Jamaica or the Cayman Islands, with lesser medical care or who may encounter hospital staff who refuse to care for these patients due to the high risk/liability,” explained Peat. “We have received calls from cruise liners with HROB patients who need medical transport, in addition to the calls from foreign countries. We now have a full crew of HROB medical professionals can take excellent care of mom and baby, and bring them to a high-quality healthcare facility, thus increasing the likelihood for survival using the latest in ultrasound technology.”

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, “We are pleased to be able to provide a comprehensive service option for HROB patients who need highly specialized ultrasound equipment with a highly-qualified team led by Dr. Crandall. He is a dedicated physician, as well as an innovator who continues to stay on the cutting edge of his medical specialty.”

“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.

As the leader in medical transportation and air ambulance services, Air Critical Care [ACC] offers service 24/7 with support of a network of offices throughout the United States, including medical transport in New York, Michigan, Arizona and Florida. In addition to air ambulance, ACC provides medical escort services and commercial stretcher services on international flights.

As the leader in medical transportation and air ambulance services, Air Critical Care [ACC] offers worldwide service 24/7 throughout the U.S., as well as worldwide air medical transportation with the support of a network of offices throughout the United States, including 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 or call toll free at 800-550-0674.

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