If you are fortunate to live in California or Northern Nevada you can sign up for an incredible service that hopefully you never have to ever use.
Calstar is a membership based air ambulance transfer service. If you are involved in high-risk activities you have likely thought once or twice as you were brushing yourself off after a fall, how would you get out if you were to be seriously injured. That was the question that brought us to Calstar. However, it might not be a bike crash or a skiing accident, it could be any other type of medical emergency that requires a rapid response and a rapid evacuation.
And what is pretty remarkable about this membership – it covers your entire household for $50 a year. Yup 50 bucks – you spend more than that buying fast food burgers for dinner.
We have been members since first hearing of this service because we are often in remote areas where it could take hours to reach a hospital. Fortunately, we haven’t used it but it is a check I gladly sign each year knowing that my fee is helping support a service that helps others and should I be unfortunate enough to need it, I will be glad to have it.
I have attached a Newsletter PDF that includes a cycling story.
I have taken these Objectives directly from the Calstar website:
– To provide a medical transportation system available 24/7 that brings rapid, on-site emergency care to critically ill and/or injured patients.
– To transport those patients from the scene or from community medical facilities to specialized treatment centers for definitive care.
– To specialize in the air transport of pediatric patients.
– To provide the California/Northern Nevada emergency medical services (EMS) community with specialized education and training in the initial resuscitation, stabilization and transportation of critically ill and/or injured patients.
– To provide a cooperative, nonprofit health care organization model to be utilized throughout California/Northern Nevada and the nation.
– To provide county EMS agencies assistance and input in developing helicopter ambulance utilization regulations in coordination with other county EMS pre-hospital care resources.
– To provide educational programs for training first responders in helicopter operations, pre-hospital care and preparation of critical trauma patients for transport to trauma centers. Education and familiarization programs are also available for departments of both sending and receiving hospitals.