Jets are pressurized aircraft. It is safest for the patient being transported over long distances to fly in a pressurized cabin. Many patient conditions require pressurization. Small Turboprops may not have pressurized cabins, but all AirCARE1 aircraft have pressurized cabins.

Why is it important? The only experience most of us, including almost all patients, have is with pressurized jets on commercial airlines. If a patient is in an unpressurized aircraft, the very noticeable changes in air pressure, as well as oxygen content, could destabilize their condition, and lead to discomfort and increased stress. Never agree to an unpressurized aircraft.