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BLACK HILLS, S.D. — In rural areas, air transportation can be the preferred method to get patients to the care they need — fast.
In times of a pandemic, Black Hills Life Flight is continuing its mission while adjusting for safety. Darryl Crown is with Black Hills Life Flight.
He says patients are still flown when needed if they’re suspected or confirmed to have the virus. The crew will continue to operate as long as they have all the required PPE or Personal Protective Equipment.
Once a crew completes a flight with a suspected or confirmed patient, the crew decontaminates the aircraft.
“Its quite an extensive process because everything has to be wiped down from the instrument panel, to the monitor screens to the cots they use etc.,” said Crown. “Basically everything they have to use has to be wiped down.”
Air methods recently joined in-network status with Avera, and Dakota Care. That means patients won’t receive a large bill when needing air ambulance services. Instead, customers only need to come up with a co-pay or deductible.
“We have an extensive in network list and were working on more and more every day as a company to have that in network in status so people don’t have to worry about that large out of pocket expense,” Crown said.
Air ambulance services can trim a potentially two-hour ambulance ride in rural areas to 30-minutes.