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Low Blood Count and Flying

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What is Low Blood Count? (White blood cell count)

White Blood Cells (WBC), also known as leukocytes, are responsible for fighting infections. WBC count between 4,000 and 11,000 per microliter of blood is considered normal. If your WBC count falls below this range, it will be regarded as low; this means that your body is prone to infections. Low WBC count can be caused by several reasons like a viral infection and cancer. Some medication such as antibiotics may also disrupt the WBC count. Having low WBC may be caused by the fact that your bone marrow, that is primarily responsible for making blood cells, is not functioning properly. However, the possible cause of having low WBC Count can only be ascertained by a healthcare provider through different tests. 

If you have planned or are planning to fly and you are suffering from Low white blood cells, the common question that comes to mind will be "can you fly with low blood count?"

It is strongly suggested that if you are suffering from any health condition, you should consult with your doctor or check with the Civil Aviation Authority regarding whether you are "fit to fly” pre-flight. 

Low White Blood Cell Count Complications with commercial flights

Commercial flights are designed to carry or transport a large number of people from one place to another. If you have a medical condition or have been through a surgery or a medical procedure, like a bone marrow transplant, it is usually suggested to avoid flights by regular airlines due to the fact that the risks of catching common diseases increase drastically. Moreover, these do not have in-flight equipment to care for you in case of an emergency while you are flying. 

If you have a low level of platelets (cells that help enable blood clots) or have a low level of Red Blood Cells (cells responsible for carrying oxygen), you can experience breathing problems since the cabin pressure at high altitudes is much lower than on the ground, which means that oxygen levels are lower. That is why patients requiring supplemental oxygen have to take several precautions when it comes to air travel.

The possibility to adjust cabin pressure, and hence in-flight oxygen, to your liking and medical condition is one of the key reasons why people choose to fly via private air ambulances. Similarly, if you have recently had a bone marrow transplant, you will be more prone to catching an infection. Your doctor may advise you to avoid taking regular flights for about 6 months. However, you might need to do frequent follow-up check-ups overseas or you need to travel for an important business matter, which requires flying. In these cases, it is suggested to opt for an air ambulance instead of flying through a regular airline to ensure that you have enough oxygen and that you get the appropriate medical care during the trip. 

An air ambulance is a specialized airplane with all the medical equipment and tools required to take care of you while you are flying. Moreover, a medical team is onboard to take care of you during the flight in case of an emergency. On the other hand, although having basic first aid facilities, flights by commercial airlines are not equipped enough to deal with patients having serious medical or health conditions. 

Why choose Medical Repatriation UK for arranging an end-to-end trip for low blood count patients in the UK?

With a highly professional team and resources that can provide patients with immediate assistance during a repatriation process, Medical Repatriation UK provides a 24/7 service with a wide range of air travel options and ground transportation as well. Medical Repatriation UK can fly you to the UK from anywhere in the world within the shortest time possible. Not only do we provide you with air travel services (through jet or helicopter) but we also offer a ground ambulance service so that you don't have to experience difficulties after you land in the UK. 

So whether you have a low blood count, or have gone through a bone marrow transplant, have had any surgery or you have another condition, you can confidently choose the air travel services offered Medical Repatriation UK.

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