Meditras provides you with contact to patient transport enterprises and service providers in the medical field for people with diseases and disabilities. We wanted to present the most important core topics briefly and concisely.
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Outpatient treatment mainly includes dialysis, chemotherapy, and radiation. In some cases, however, these are also physiotherapy appointments or even some, to cure a mental illness. Whenever it’s necessary to bring a patient to outpatient treatment, because he or she is incapable to get there by public transport, through friends, own vehicle, bicycle or by foot, a patient transport might be an option. Patients have to make sure, however, that the necessity is not a subjective assessment. Only if the doctor or the health insurance company have the same opinion the cost is partially or fully covered.
This is about transporting disabled people carefully and responsibly. Some people need special care during transport, some have special requirements for the vehicle equipment. In any case, disabled transportation is a task that not everyone can perform and execute professionally. It helps to inform yourself beforehand with the prospective suppliers. Through brochures, testimonials, and a personal competence presentation it can be decided if the driving service is the right one. In addition, it is worth inquiring whether the disabled transportation provider is recognized by the health insurance company.
Those who regularly need dialysis need two things: reliable transport and uncomplicated billing. Dialysis trips are carried out competently and reliably. At what time and where the patient is to be picked up is agreed in advance. So, you don’t have to call a taxi every time.ufen werden. The drivers are friendly and helpful. Depending on how much help the patient needs it shall be granted to him. The return journey is just as smooth. The trips for dialysis are billed to the health insurance company. The patient does not receive an invoice. By the way, this also applies to privately insured persons.
Driving services Non-qualified patient transport includes transport of people in need of care “seated and recumbent” who do not require medical care. Seated driving service You have health problems and need to see a doctor or go to a clinic, but your state of health does not allow you to drive or use public transport? Transports of sick persons who can be driven seated and do not require specialist medical care (sick trips) are offered by special transportation companies or many taxi companies (also with folding wheelchairs). Driving service with wheelchair Are you a wheelchair user? Transportation providers have special vehicles with ramps and a wheelchair fastening system for safe transport. You can stay in your wheelchair while driving and do not need to move around. Recumbent taxi You have to be transported lying down, but do not need any medical care during the journey? The recumbent taxi has a comfortable and safe rolling stretcher. As a rule, a two-man team is deployed on these transports, one of which has the minimum qualification as a paramedic. Disabled driving services People with a temporary or permanent disability should be facilitated in their participation in social life and everyday life should be made as pleasant as possible. Drivers of disabled transportation services are aware of the special needs of disabled people. Special vehicles enable wheelchair users and people with other disabilities to be transported conveniently and comfortably – without tedious moving or accommodation problems for the wheelchair. Be it the way to work, a visit to the doctor or a visit to friends. Patient transport Patient transport includes the transport and care of sick, injured or needy persons who are not emergency patients. During the trips, qualified emergency service personnel are always on hand to intervene immediately if the state of health deteriorates. The patient transportation vehicles are specially designed for recumbent transport and are used for short distances as well as for long-distance transfers. Intensive care transport Intensive care transports on the ground are mainly used for transfer between hospitals. They take place both at the short distance, which an intensive care helicopter cannot reasonably take over and on long distance for patients who cannot be reasonably transferred in the helicopter or for whom the use of a helicopter would be too costly. The crew generally consists of an experienced intensive care physician, a paramedic with appropriate additional qualification and a driver who is often also a paramedic or intensive care nurse.
This term defines the transfer to a hospital and between hospitals. Whether it’s a taxi, an airplane, or an ambulance, is not specified. If a patient needs a hospital transfer – worldwide by the way – then we are the right partner for you. The doctor decides which method of transportation is indicated. If it’s necessary, we are pleased to be able to contribute our part to the smooth running of the therapy with serial trips. A transfer to a hospital may also be necessary because a patient is relocated to a special clinic. It’s not rare that organ transplants are also involved. It is even possible that the patient himself may want to obtain a second opinion before the intervention and therefore wants to be taken to another doctor.
Patient transports at reasonable prices
Our patient transport prices are absolutely fair and affordable. We know that there are more important things in the difficult times of the disease than dealing with financial problems. That’s why we help as much as we can to find out to what extent the health insurance companies will cover the costs and we will always settle directly with them whenever possible. This way, our patients and their relatives can take care of getting better.
Sickness during a stay abroad
During a stay abroad, it is possible that the country may not be medically as advanced and/or the type of disease makes a return transport necessary. It is also possible that it is enough to take the patient to a more suitable place. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the home country, for example, if a longer stay is planned and it can be assumed that a complicated fracture will heal within a certain time frame. Here it can be necessary and helpful to have taken out overseas health insurance.
We operate worldwide. Long distances are no problem for us. Together with our trained staff and contacts to medical personnel abroad, there is always a competent caregiver available.
Use empty runs
Save money on ambulances? It can be done with empty runs. It works like this: Despite all the organization, there are always empty trips, mostly the return trip. If a patient is flexible in terms of time, he or she can negotiate an attractive price with the patient transportation enterprise. In this way, the trip is discounted for the patient and the company saves an empty trip. It is possible, for example, to make fixed appointments and also to allow flexible scheduling for a certain time window. In such a case, the patient could be contacted spontaneously. The same applies to individual cases. If an ambulance is needed, but it doesn’t matter when on that day, an empty trip can be used.
Air patient transports
Decisive for how exactly the air patient transport is organized, is the patient’s state of health. If it’s possible, he or she can be in a normal airliner. It’s both possible to lie down here and to sit. Another variant is the ambulance jet. This is only used in severe cases. For example, if it’s a life-threatening injury or the transfer distance of a sick person is too far. As an alternative to the jet, there is the helicopter as an air patient transport. There are extra paramedics and emergency physicians who monitor the affected person and attend to their medical needs. In other words, a bed-to-bed service.
Medical support is provided to patients as needed. It can be a form of care that ensures that a person is not afraid during the transport or even about securing ventilation. Depending on the state of health, there can be an emergency physician, a paramedic, or a nurse. Sometimes it’s also about certain positionings and the lifting of a patient. We offer the right medical support for every case.
Medical transport differs from an emergency in that there is no hurry. There is no medical transport via the emergency numbers but by arrangement. This can be, among other things, personally or be arranged by a doctor. These transports are used when it is not possible to take a taxi. Reason for medical transports can be an accident, an illness, worse condition of a bedridden patient, people with a walking disability, people transported from hospitals to a medical specialist or because the health insurance company demands this instead of a taxi. If the trip is absolutely necessary for the patient, the health insurances have to pay the safest and fastest transport. A doctor usually decides which way that is. In the case of insured persons with statutory insurance, an additional payment of five to ten euros is due – interestingly enough this also applies to minors. When people with a registered disability – usually according to the degree of care and also recognizable by the letter abbreviation on their disability card – have to go to dialysis, chemotherapy or other cancer therapy, there is always a need for medical transport.
Repatriation is simply a technical term for the repatriation of sick or deceased people from abroad to their home country.
Repatriation of deceased persons
If a relative dies abroad and is to be buried in native soil, often only air transport is possible. Then, however, the law provides for a number of conditions. Under this, it is specified that the coffin must be made of zinc and also completely soldered. This coffin must then be stowed in a wooden box for transport. It may even need to have a pressure equalization device. Special case Infectious disease: then an antiseptically prepared shroud is mandatory. The corpse may only be handed over to a funeral home; this also applies to an urn.
Special transports include all transports which are more complex in distance and organization than the usual cases, as listed here by name in the glossary. It does not matter whether the patient is transported by ambulance, ship, plane or helicopter. The decisive factor in this performance is the management behind it. Paired with our trained staff, the patient can feel safe anywhere in the world at any time of the journey. The aim of special transport is to provide patients with access to the best doctors in the world. In addition, access to many transplantations is only made in this way. Sometimes the organs cannot be transported that far. But also, in this case, we are happy to be your contact. Our employees are always up to date with the latest medical care. In dealing with patients they are empathetic and their knowledge of foreign languages allows them to operate safely worldwide. The complete fleet of vehicles is of course also cutting-edge.
Transports of wheelchairs
Special restraint systems are required to transport a wheelchair safely. If it is possible, the wheelchair patients sit with us on a normal car seat and are secured by airbags and restraint belts. If this is not possible and the patient has to remain in the wheelchair, then we also have the necessary technology. This also applies to people who are very overweight or in recumbent wheelchairs.
If you would like to learn more about our services for the transport of sick and disabled people, you are welcome to contact us. Despite our many years of experience, there are certainly always cases that are new to us and therefore do not appear on our list. We look forward to working together to find and implement a solution in the interests of the patient.