Travel Horror Stories – Four Tales That Will Make You Glad You’ve Got Travel Insurance this Spring Break

Tempted on skipping your travel insurance this year? Think again! With inexpensive holiday insurance commonly available online and typically adding only a small amount to the cost of your trip, there’s really no excuse not to buy it. If you’re still not sure, here are four stories that might help to change your mind – sometimes fate conspires against you in a particularly non-ideal way…

Look Out Below! Here’s a story to make your skin crawl! A traveller in South Mexico had the misfortune to be the victim of a fly that lays its eggs in living flesh. The eggs hatched into four worms beneath the skin. An air ambulance team had to transport the man out of South Mexico, to a U.S. doctor removed three of them easily, but the last one was proving more problematic. The inventive doctor suggested leaving a piece of meat on the leg next to the wound – sure enough, six hours later the worm had been tempted half way out and could be removed entirely. 

Trained Police Dogs Do Harm Rather Than Help? Sometimes threats to a traveller’s health, wallet, and sanity can come from the most unexpected sources – two police dogs at an airport in Baja California were suspended of biting three passengers waiting for their flight to board. The wounds were so bad that airport medics were unable to keep the passengers overnight. A flight crew had to transport the passengers back to the U.S. to receive the recommended treatment.

The $150,000 Tick Bite You should never underestimate the cost of even the most minor holiday mishaps, as an unfortunate gap year traveller in Mazatlan found out to his peril. Bitten by a moose tick, he then developed Lime’s Disease, a very dangerous condition that can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Several weeks in hospital meant that he missed his flight back home, but fortunately his travel insurance covered the cost of the medical air transport back to his hometown hospital – estimated to total over $150,000.

Thankful We Listened to Our Parents (For Once!) With my good girl friends and optimism about a week away from school and obligations, I headed to Cancun for spring break on March 26, 2012. The night of March 26th was filled with drinks and dancing. When one of my friends sprained her ankle really bad dancing, she decided she needed to get back to the hotel since she couldn’t walk. I decided to go with her, leaving my other two friends at the club and told them I’d come back in an hour with a cab to bring them back to the hotel. My friend, Amanda, and I hailed a cab from the street and I helped her hobble into the back while I got in and sat shot gun to tell the driver where to go. At the time, we did not know you are not supposed to hail cabs from the street in Mexico. Trouble soon sank in when the driver pulled over to the side of the road a little ways down and two men got in the back with Amanda. We started fearing what was going on. Amanda, drunk and injured, started asking questions. Soon thereafter, one of the men knocked her over the head and she fell unconscious. I screamed as the other man reached around from the back of the chair with a knife at my throat. He then made me give him all my personal belonging I had on me. My watch, my cash, and my camera – all were gone. It wasn’t much but I gave it to him. The other one then frisked Amanda and took all her belongings as well. They then pushed us both out of the cab left with nothing. A man nearby saw us and called for assistance. We were taken to a Mexican Hospital where Amanda and I were both admitted. After both being treated for concussions, and sprained body parts (not to mention wanting to get home ASAP), Aeromedevac was contacted and sent to transfer us back to the US at the request of the hospital and our parents. Things got better from there, but MAN, that could have been so much worse if we weren’t able to get out of Mexico when we did. Safe to say I will not be in Cancun ever again without my insurance card and Aeromedevac’s phone number… 

Don’t let DVT ruin your holiday trips

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As travelers make their way over the river and through the woods this holiday season, they’ll likely have planned for a number of health scenarios, from motion sickness to pounding headaches to food poisoning from mid-air meals. But few passengers consider one of the most serious threats of all: deep-vein thrombosis (DVT), a potentially life-threatening condition that can result from extended periods of travel.

As mentioned in this article in the Union-Tribune, DVT occurs when blood clots form in the deep veins of the legs and thighs, which, unlike superficial veins, cannot be seen to the naked eye. When a clot forms, blood flow can become blocked, causing swelling, pain and in serious cases, embolisms, which can cause tissue death, respiratory failure, or other potentially fatal conditions. In rare cases, an embolism can travel paradoxically from the right to the left side of the heart via a small hole called the patent foreman ovale and cause a stroke. This is the most common way strokes occur in young patients.

Mitch Bowan, an Aeromedevac Chief Flight Nurse, explains, “as with many travel related ailments Deep Vein Thrombosis is often caused because the patient was unaware of the danger. Deep Vein Thrombosis can be prevented with regular movement, stretching and drinking plenty of water as the article in the Union-Tribune recommends. This is especially true for travelers over the age of sixty, those with mobility issues and smokers. It is important to consider your own health and these preventative measures when embarking on long periods of travel.”

Have safe & happy travels this holiday season!

What Do You Do If You Become Sick or Injured Abroad

What do you do if you get sick or injured on your trip overseas? You are in a foreign country and aren’t familiar with the place you are in, yet the medical system; this can be very scary. Here are some tips if this happens to you:

See a doctor right away if you:

  • Have diarrhea AND a high fever (above 102° F)
  • Have bloody diarrhea
  • Are visiting a malaria-risk area and become sick with a fever or flu-like illness
  • Are bitten or scratched by an animal
  • Have been in a car accident
  • Have been seriously injured
  • Are sexually assaulted

Drink plenty of clean water or other fluids to replace any lost body fluids (usually caused by diarrhea). For severe diarrhea, you may want to use oral rehydration solutions (ORS).

Contact the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate if you think you may need assistance. Consular personnel at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad and in the U.S. are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens.

Read more tips on what to do in this article. Visit Aeromedevac’s website for ways we can help you in case of an emergency while you are abroad.

Our Thoughts are with Family and Friends of Dan Wheldon

Our thoughts go out to the friends and family of Indy 500 winner, Dan Wheldon. The NASCAR driver died Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after his car became ensnared in a fiery 15-car pileup, flew over another vehicle and landed in a catch fence just outside turn 2. Wheldon was airlifted from the track to University Medical Center; about two hours later, his colleagues were told of his death by IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard, who said Wheldon’s injuries were “unsurvivable.” Read more about the incident in this article.

It is instances like these where our services are valuable. Read more about air ambulances and the services we provide on our website.

 

 

 

It is instances like these where air transport is very important.

Stay Healthy While Abroad

It is always important to stay healthy, especially while traveling abroad. Here are a few tips to be sure you have a healthy trip:

1. Be sure you are up to date with all of your vaccinations.

2. If you are traveling through a malarial area, be sure that you have the right antimalarial medicine for the region.

3. If traveling with a prescription, make sure you have a copy of the prescription and a letter from your doctor stating the name of the medicine, the dosage, how much you need to travel with, and state that the medicine is for your personal use.

4. Always bring a first aid kit!

Read more tips in this article. Stay safe and healthy abroad! For more information about how Aeromedevac can help you, visit their website.

Aeromedevac Will Attend ITIC in Portugal

From October 31st through November 3rd, Aeromedevac team members will network with professionals in the travel insurance industry at the International Travel Insurance Conference for the 7th year in a row. Jesus Mendez, Vice President, and Sergio Abril, Vice President of Mexico Operations, will present attendees with information on the emergency medical care and air ambulance industry; providing potentially necessary solutions to challenges faced on a daily basis. 

The conference addresses the most topical issues relevant to all sectors of the travel insurance market.  Speakers and panelists are leading industry professionals who will deliver an innovative outlook on their specialties, and panel sessions offer the opportunity to participate in expertly driven debates.  

Visit Aeromedevac’s website for more information on their medical care & air ambulance program.  

 

 

 

 

What are you covered for?

Are you covered by Medicare or Medi-cal and planning on traveling internationally? There are a few things you should know before leaving the country. Medicare does not provide health care coverage outside of the United States and its respective territories. While Medi-cal only provides coverage for emergency services that require hospitalization in Canada and/or Mexico. Getting ill happens at the most inconvenient times, and Aeromedevac is here to help you along the way.

There is no better way to plan for accidents, sudden illnesses, and medical emergencies than purchasing a plan that covers you while abroad. Our air ambulance services leave no rock unturned. In fact, our services include everything from customs and immigration to a mobile emergency room.

If you have any questions regarding your medical coverage, we would love to assist you. Please contact us toll free at 1-800-462-0911!