Air ICU starting price at 100,000 in Beijing

16:50, September 20, 2010      

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China's first medical aircraft began to offer air ambulance services as the Beijing Red Cross launched air emergency transport operations recently.

The transportation fees, composed of flight fee, ground handling fee and medical expenses, will cost at least 100,000 yuan, said Zhang Lei, marketing director of Asia Air Medical, Ltd., which is the carrier of 999 emergency rescue center of the Beijing Red Cross.

From Beijing to Wuhan, the transportation fee alone will cost between 100,000 yuan and 150,000 yuan and the medical expenses will depend on the patient's conditions, according to Zhang.

In the special plane, all the 80 seats have been removed. Within the some 30 square meters of the cabin, there is a stretcher and five accompanying chairs. Two chairs opposite the stretcher are reserved for the medical staff. In addition, the plane is equipped with a 2,100-milliliter oxygen bottle under the approval of civil aviation authority.

The other medical equipment, such as cardiac monitor, ventilator and blood analyzers, will be carried by the accompanied doctors according to the conditions of the patients.

Two foreign captains of the medical aircraft have experience in flying medical jets and have both logged more than 4,000 flight hours. Meanwhile there are two sophisticated pilots retired from Air China and a copilot trained by Asia Air Medical Ltd, according to Zhang Lei.

In addition, all the medical staff that will participate in the air transportation of the 999 intensive care unit (ICT) have undertaken special training, Zhang Lei said.

A two-year contract has been singed between the Beijing Red Cross and Asia Air Medical Ltd, which will provide aircrafts for the services.

If you need the service, you can dial 999 directly in Beijing, 010-999 outside Beijing and 0086-10-999 outside China. The doctors will decide whether aircraft transit will be allowed according the conditions of the patients.

By Liang Jun, People's Daily Online

(Editor:梁军)

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