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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about Commercial Medical Escorts or our services? In order to save you time, we’ve compiled answers to some of our customers’ most commonly asked questions, or FAQs. If you don’t find the information you need, contact us! 

CME can make all arrangements for the patient and companion as soon as the physician has determined the patient is fit to fly and a receiving facility has been confirmed. We have nurses available in all areas of the country and most always a nurse can depart the same day as the request is received.

Many of our patients that we transport are unable to ambulate onto the aircraft. Our flight coordinators make special arrangements with the airline to provide aisle wheelchairs when boarding the aircraft.  An aisle wheelchair is used to transport passengers with mobility limitations into and out of the plane. Our flight medical personal carry appropriate equipment and are trained in the transportation of paralyzed patients, and those needing full assist when transferring.

After receiving a physician's order for oxygen, CME can provide supplemental in-flight oxygen. CME uses both the Inogen One and Respironics Evergo portable oxygen concentrators, which are approved for use onboard. Some carriers still provide in-flight oxygen and that can be arranged if necessary. The flight coordinators will determine the best option for the patient. CME’s medical team will monitor and regulate a patient’s oxygen requirement throughout the transport.

The cost will vary and depends on the length of the trip, the location and destination of the patient, and the needs of the patient. We encourage you to fill out the quote request form or call us so that we can put together a specialized quote for you. All of our quotes are all inclusive for both the patient and the RN. There are no hidden costs.

Commercial Medical Escorts transfers patients Domestically and Internationally to all continents of the world. We have nurses and physicians located throughout the USA including Florida, California, Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Hawaii, Mississippi, Illinois, Georgia, New York, Washington DC, Oregon, Colorado, and Arizona. Many of our physicians and nurses hold visa’s to a variety of countries including China, India, Brazil, and Russia to name a few. We also have nurses with dual citizenship, which also extends our ability to enter a variety of countries that may require a US citizen to have a visa.

Bed to Bed service is when the CME medical team goes to the discharging facility/residence prior to departure to complete the pre-flight assessment of the patient and answer any questions regarding the transfer. On the day of transport the CME medical personnel will arrive at the discharging hospital and travel with the patient to the airport in ground transportation arranged by CME. Upon arrival at the destination, the CME medical personnel will travel with the patient to the receiving facility/residence. If the patient is going to a facility, the CME team member will provide a full medical report to the receiving hospital nurse.

Yes. Companions can travel with the patient. Typically companions are seated in economy class however, should you wish to sit in the same class as the patient you may and we will include that in the quotation. If the companion is staying at a hotel nearby the patient, we will do our best to have our medical team member stay at the same hotel.

Email info@commercialmedicalescorts.com, submit a quote request online, or call to our 24-hour office where a Flight Coordinator will walk you through the entire process. Our Flight Coordinators will address any questions you may have and assist you as best as possible. CME Flight Coordinators will ask you key questions and based on your responses, the Flight Coordinator will develop a written proposal for your review.

Yes! After requesting a quotation via email, phone, or through the website, a written quotation will be sent to you via email. The quotation will include all costs including airfare, ground transportation, medical team fees, and any other costs associate with the transfer. Our flight coordinators will follow up with you to see if you have any questions or concerns. 

Commercial Medical Escorts accepts a variety of different forms of payment. CME accepts certified checks, credit cards, bank wire transfers, PayPal and cash. We accept all major credit cards. A combination of different forms of payment is acceptable. All services are paid for prior to any arrangements being made.

Our flight coordinators are available 24/7, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We always are available to discuss any questions, concerns, or details about arranging a medical escort to bring your loved one home.

Yes, we have established relationships with many of the leading air ambulance companies around the globe. Should the patient require air ambulance service our flight coordinators can refer you to high quality air ambulance service based on the patient’s location. We have great knowledge of the air ambulance industry and can provide you with the information needed to assure you are in contact with only the best air ambulances worldwide.


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