We are also setting the standards in patient transportation: the Lufthansa Patient Transportation Compartment (PTC) combines state-of-the-art technology, skilled specialists and efficient processes with the comfort and safety of a self-contained intensive care unit – all at an altitude of 32,000 feet.
The world’s unique intensive care unit on long-haul flights
There are many good reasons to choose the PTC:
- Lots of space to enable the best medical care
- Support with the formalities and transport coordination
- Up to 50 per cent time-saving by using the PTC on scheduled flights
- Availability of the PTC is checked within 30 minutes
- The patient's fitness for transport is checked before the full PTC costs are incurred
- Much lower costs by comparison with normal air ambulances
In the Lufthansa PTC, the doctor has access to state-of-the-art medical equipment and supplies – for the best treatment in every situation.
The spacious dimensions of the PTC provide plenty of room for a patient bed, two seats for the doctor and a Lufthansa "PTC escort", intensive-care medical equipment, all necessary supplies and medicines. Thus there is ample space to give patients the best possible care, which can be done comfortably even while standing and can include complicated medical treatment. And the bigger the transport unit is, the more pleasant and comfortable the care is – both for the patients and for the medical personnel.
State-of-the-art medical equipment and supplies are available to the doctor, such as:
- Propaq CS
- Abbott i-STAT1
- 13,000 litres of oxygen
- Accu-Chek Compact
- Zoll M-Series
- MCM OT Fresenius
- ACCUVAC Rescue
- Breas ventilator LTV 1,000 and LTM monitor
- Injectomat 2000
- Vacuum mattress
Since the proximity of loved ones can sometimes be the best medicine, patients' relatives may accompany them on Lufthansa flights to their homeland. For us, that is also part of giving the best care.
As high-quality as the patient transportation with the Lufthansa PTC is, its costs remain low. This is because of our highly efficient procedures:
Before installation of the PTC and the flight departure, the patient’s fitness for transport can be checked locally by the accompanying doctor. If a patient is not fit enough to be transported, the PTC is not installed and only 15 per cent of the quoted costs are incurred.
The PTC also costs considerably less than transport by normal air ambulances. Lower costs are incurred in particular on extremely long routes.
If you would like an individual cost estimate, please get in touch with us. We’re happy to help.
Excellent service around the clock and after the flight: The PTC service is not limited just to the period between take-off and landing.
On your behalf we can take on the numerous formalities and organisational tasks on board, and support you even further in organising feeder or onward flights.
With the PTC you can rely on smooth and fast procedures: your inquiry about the availability of the PTC is checked within 30 minutes.
If you wish to request the Lufthansa PTC, our Medical Operation Centre will be happy to help you.
MEDICAL OPERATION CENTRE
Tel.: +49-69-696-55077 (daily 06.00 - 22.30 hours)
Flight time and route network
Fly directly to destinations worldwide
In an emergency, every minute counts in patient transportation. That is why Lufthansa, as the only airline to do so, offers the PTC solely on scheduled flights which make no stopovers, such as for refuelling.
Time comparison between PTC and air ambulance
Compared with air ambulances, the flight with the Lufthansa PTC is up to 50 per cent shorter – which makes things much easier for the intensive care patient and the medical personnel. The following table shows a typical example.
The PTC route network
The PTC is employed to and from Frankfurt across the entire Lufthansa intercontinental network and is therefore always just where it’s needed. The entire process of transporting the patient home is completed within just three days: from the arrival of your doctor and our PTC escort at the departure destination to installing the PTC on board and transporting the patient to their homeland.
|Lufthansa PTC||Air ambulance|
|Departure||Miami (USA)||Miami (USA)|
Goose Bay Keflavik
|Flight time||8 hours 45 minutes||14 hours|