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As these entries have developed we've covered how members of our team have been aid workers and tourists that have spent time in Africa, discussed Castle Medflight's ability to rapidly respond to international crises, and even live blogged some of our international transports as they've happened. The vast majority of these entries have focused on our support for the Caribbean and South America, regions that are relatively close to the shores of the United States, so it's time to answer the question of "how we handle Africa." 

 

A non functioning x-ray machine in Eastern Africa. Identifying equipment barriers such as this is our specialty. 

A non functioning x-ray machine in Eastern Africa. Identifying equipment barriers such as this is our specialty. 

First of all understanding the developing conditions of the African continent is key to our response plan. Through our personal experiences we are able to identify any shortcomings in the support infrastructure in the region that may be affecting our patients and properly plan a support flight. More often than not equipment is simply not available in these areas to support treatment and sustain life in the most critical cases. In these circumstances we are able to send equipment and specialists to our client's bedside to perform any needed procedures to stabilize a patient before transport. 

 

Pre-mission checks with our specialty flight equipment

Pre-mission checks with our specialty flight equipment

An example of this would be our ECMO or ECLS team. With worldwide deployment capacity we have the knowledge and experience to establish if a developing world hospital has the infrastructure to support the advanced procedure, deploy our team with all necessary equipment and supplies to conduct the procedure, and then safely transport our patient either to one of our regional hospital partners than can sustain longer term rehabilitative care or return our clients back to the nearest stateside hospital that can support recovery.

 

This is an unparalleled level of both technical proficiency and service that is not offered by any other company domestically let alone internationally. In addition to our ability to deliver advanced medical care where even the infrastructure is underdeveloped we are still capable of maintaining our rapid response times for mission dispatch. We can be anywhere on the globe with a specialist team and equipment in less than 18 hours from our home office. 

 

A typical African train station. 

A typical African train station. 

What is even more impressive than an 18 hour window from our Arizona office is that we are also often able to respond faster through our regional stationing of assets. Through our CONNECT Network we have global partners that ascribe to our standard of care often, enabling our teams to have a physical response time of under 8 hours with most specialist equipment. It is only in severe and extreme cases that our arrival time at bedside from mission launch is outside of this window.

 

 

Castle Medflight stands by our mantra of providing the best critical care...anywhere!

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