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Low Blood Count and Flying

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Low Blood Count and Flying

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 viral infection, cancer, and some antibiotics 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 or is not creating enough blood cells. However, the possible cause of having low WBC Count can be ascertained by a doctor through different blood tests. 

If you have planned or are planning to travel by airplane and suffering from Low white blood cells, the common question that comes into your 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” before you plan on taking your next 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 medical procedure like a bone marrow transplant, it is usually suggested to avoid commercial flights due to the fact that your odds of catching common diseases increases drastically. Moreover, these are not equipped to care for you mid-air. 

If you have a low level of platelets (cells that help your blood to clot) or have a low level of Red Blood Cells (cells responsible for carrying oxygen), the cabin pressure on a commercial airplane is much lower than on the ground and that may lead to breathing problems. 

This is a key reason why people choose private air ambulances, the possibility to adjust cabin pressure to your liking and medical condition. Similarly, if you have recently had a bone marrow transplant, you will be more prone to catching an infection than any other person. Your doctor may advise you to avoid taking commercial flights for about 6 months; however, you might need to do frequent follow-up check-ups or need to travel for an important business matter, for which you might require traveling by air; it is, therefore, suggested to opt for an air ambulance instead of a commercial flight. 

An air ambulance is a specialized airplane with all the medical equipment and tools required to take care of you during the flight. Moreover, the air ambulance crew is trained to take care of you during the flight in case of any emergency situation. On the other hand, although having basic first aid facilities, commercial flights are not nearly enough to face serious medical or health issues. 

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 could provide you immediate assistance in repatriation, Medical Repatriation UK provides a 24/7 service with a wide range of air transport and ground transportation. Medical Repatriation UK can repatriate you to the UK from anywhere in the world within the shortest time possible. Medical Repatriation UK not only provides you with the air ambulance facility (through jet or helicopter) but also through ground ambulance service so that you don't have to suffer after you land in the UK. 

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

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