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COVID-19 Effects on Air Ambulance Services


The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way air ambulance services function, some of which have been entirely unpredictable. Take for instance the case of Canada where several air ambulance services had to be canceled recently due to lack of weather data in the night-time. You might wonder what relationship exists between weather data and COVID-19. The answer lies in staffing problems that the pandemic has brought about. Medical flights rely on agencies that provide data pertaining to the prevailing weather conditions. Nav Canada is the privately-held company that operates and owns the country’s air navigation systems for civilian needs. The organization has suspended the night shift.

The Reason Behind the Suspension is Not Financial

Nav Canada has already clarified that the suspension of the night shift for its staff has nothing to do with cost savings and that they have not laid off any staff. On the contrary, the staff that was working in the night is now on standby for the morning shift. This has been done to ensure that there is an adequate backup for the day shift in case there is a sudden onset of COVID-19 symptoms in any of the experts. The agency took the decision because thinner air traffic is witnessed during the night-time.

The Burden on Air Ambulance Services

Air ambulance services are left without adequate weather data during the night to safely carry out patient transportation services. They can no longer get live weather data during the night. In areas that are surrounded by tough terrains and unpredictable weather conditions, this is particularly hindersome. It is said that the time between 10 pm and 6 am is often critical for patients who suffer serious health conditions. The failure to get adequate care right on time can affect the recovery and outcome negatively. This is just one of the many unforeseen negative impacts of the pandemic.

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