Redpoint medically evacuates woman from Montana to Utah for heart procedure

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Heart condition requires medical evacuation

Redpoint Resolutions medically evacuated a 23-year-old woman from Montana to Utah due to a life-threatening heart condition.

The university student was working a summer job in the Helena, Montana, area when she felt palpitations and an elevated heart rate. Doctors there recommended that she receive an ICD – an implantable cardioverter defibrillator – as soon as possible, but that clinic was not equipped to perform the procedure.

Her family contacted Redpoint Operations to request a medical evacuation. Her mother works at a university that is a Redpoint client, and family members are covered.

Redpoint flew the student in a medically staffed, air ambulance jet to a top tier hospital in Salt Lake City, where she is a student. Redpoint prepared for her admission to the hospital, and surgeons successfully implanted the device.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Redpoint VP Ted Muhlner powers through 1.5 mile Frogman Swim to benefit Navy SEAL Foundation

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Cold water and choppy seas

The water temperature was a chilly 59 degrees Fahrenheit and the seas were choppy for the 1.5 mile Golden Gate Frogman swim held over the weekend to raise money for the Navy Seal Foundation.

The swim course took the 12 participants from the Pacific Ocean, under the Golden Gate Bridge and into the San Francisco Bay for a finish at the historic Fort Baker. Redpoint Vice President Ted Muhlner participated in the swim in the challenging waters.

SF Chronicle reporter Evan Sernoffsky catches up with Ted Muhlner exiting the water.

 

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Evan Sernoffky was there to capture the action and caught up with Muhlner at the finish line:

In the water, the swimmers’ bright-colored caps bobbed up and down as they hurled themselves through the dark, choppy water that’s home to whales, sharks and other marine life.

Fortunately for Sunday’s group, no sharks spoiled the party.

“This is a great reason to be in the water with great people and to think about things that are most important,” said Ted Muhlner, 43, a former SEAL from Menlo Park.

Like the other swimmers, many of whom came from around the country for the event, he took a moment to float on his back and look up at the mighty bridge, while remembering his fellow SEALs lost in combat.

Sunday was a particularly somber day for the SEAL community. It was the sixth anniversary of the day a Chinook CH-47 helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan, killing 17 SEALs and 21 other military members onboard — the single worst loss of U.S. forces in the war.”

The goal for each of the swimmers is to raise $2,500 for the Naval Surface Warfare community and their families. Ted serves on the board of the Navy SEAL Foundation. His CrowdRise fundraising page can be found here.

The Frogman Swim began in Tampa Bay, Florida in 2009. The San Francisco edition is the brainchild of Former Navy SEAL, Rory O’Connor and Kurt Ott whose dad was a SEAL. O’Connor and Ott run the Tampa Bay Swim and regularly receive requests from seaside cities across the country to host the Frogman Swim. The organizers routinely turn down sunny, warm and flat venues in favor of courses with colder waters and rougher seas, like San Francisco.

The Golden Gate Frogman Swim was organized by Rory O’Connor and Ryan Nelson. Ryan is a member of the San Francisco South End Rowing Club, whose members generously provided critical swimmer support throughout the event. O’Connor and Nelson plan to turn the Golden Gate edition into an annual event.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Redpoint evacuates client in Namibia with spine injury after ejection from a vehicle

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From Windhoek to Omaha

Redpoint was contacted by the wife of a customer who was hospitalized in Namibia with some fractured vertebrae following an off-road vehicle accident.

The 66-year-old client was riding in the back of the truck through the African bush when a jolt sent him flying out of the vehicle and onto the dirt road. The tour company drove him to a hospital in Windhoek, where a neurosurgeon diagnosed him with a compression fracture in his lower spine. He was fitted with a brace and prescribed medications, and the local neurosurgeon recommended surgery to stabilize the fracture.

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Redpoint sends medics to Rome to care for a man with life-threatening illness

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“You guys were the best and will never be forgotten”

Redpoint’s medic in St. Peter’s Square

A California couple were on an around-the-world trip, when the husband fell gravely ill and very nearly died. He had merely stubbed his toe in Japan, but by the time the couple arrived in Europe, that injury had developed into an internal infection with life-threatening complications.

In Rome, the patient’s resultant congestive heart failure had worsened to the point that his heart stopped beating. Fortunately, local doctors at the receiving hospital in Rome were able to resuscitate him.

His travel company, which is in the process of switching over to Cavalry Travel Insurance, asked Redpoint for help overseeing their client’s care.

The patient’s wife requested that her husband be transferred from the private clinic to a public hospital in Rome. In the meantime, Redpoint’s dispatched critical care paramedic had arrived at his bedside, and handled the transfer in an ambulance from the private hospital’s ICU to the public hospital’s critical-care emergency room.

“He was barely conscious in the ambulance,” the paramedic said. “I thought he was going to die.”

The patient is transferred in Rome

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Redpoint performs mortal remains transport from New Zealand to Texas

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Mortal remains transport costs often exceed $10,000

A 60-year-old woman from Texas and employee of a Redpoint corporate client died suddenly while on assignment in New Zealand. After Redpoint received the call from its client, operations staff made arrangements with the funeral home in a coastal city on the country’s North Island, with the air provider in Auckland, and with the receiving funeral home in College Station, TX, keeping the employee’s family updated on the transport of her body back home.

It is a scenario that no one likes to consider while making travel arrangements, but aside from the sadness surrounding such a loss, the financial costs — the preparation of the body, the casket, local transport and an overseas flight alongside other expenses — regularly amount to more than $10,000.

All Cavalry Travel Insurance policies include mortal remains transport coverage with annual policies, short term policies and comprehensive travel insurance policies.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

San Francisco Chronicle travel expert highlights Cavalry

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Planning for a bucket list trip

Travel expert Chris McGinnis spoke recently with Redpoint Resolutions Vice President Tom Bochnowski about the differences in travel insurance policies, for SFgate.com, the San Francisco Chronicle online. The interview highlights how other policies will typically evacuate you for a medical condition if it is deemed medically necessary by the foreign treating physician, covering your transport to the “nearest appropriate hospital,” while Cavalry does not require the local treating physician to authorize evacuation based on medical necessity. Instead, it empowers the client to make care decisions based on where they want to be treated.

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Helping travelers when disaster strikes

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Butterfield & Robinson Selects Cavalry Elite Travel Insurance To Protect Clients

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Butterfield & Robinson strongly recommends their clients buy Cavalry Elite Travel Insurance

Butterfield & Robinson has selected Cavalry Elite Travel Insurance™ to protect their clients, the companies announced this week.

Butterfield & Robinson designs and runs the world’s most immersive, inspiring and unforgettable journeys. In the spirit of its ongoing commitment to ensuring clients’ total comfort and peace of mind on these adventures, Butterfield & Robinson strongly recommends its clients purchase Cavalry Travel Insurance for their trips.

“We switched to Cavalry Elite Travel Insurance because it combines into a single integrated program the best evacuation with premier travel insurance coverages designed for our type of trips, all led by medical and security experts,” said Simon Elliott, Director of Industry Partners at Butterfield & Robinson. “Their team has been a pleasure to work with and was able to make the transition as easy as possible.”

About Butterfield & Robinson

Butterfield & Robinson—the world’s premier active travel company—designs incredible journeys to the world’s most amazing places. Crafted from the finest ingredients (exceptional lodgings, incomparable access, stellar wines and food, experienced guides and more than a few secrets), B&R trips combine adventure with unparalleled cultural immersion in the world’s greatest destinations.

For more information on this trip and more visit www.butterfield.com.

About Cavalry Elite Travel Insurance

Cavalry Elite Travel Insurance™ combines into a single program the best evacuation services with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and is designed for the savvy luxury traveler. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents. For more information, visit www.cavalrytravelinsurance.com.

Top 10 Euro routes where trains are faster than planes

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Save 4 hours riding the rails, Brussels to Paris

Save time, money and stress

A decade ago, if you were traveling from Rome to Milan you’d compare railway schedules with flight schedules to see which would be quicker, the train or the plane. Sometimes you could save a few minutes and many euros traveling on the ground.

These days, with even faster high-speed trains in Italy and longer waits at security, it’s a no brainer: four hours by air versus three on the ground, from one downtown to another. All across Europe, speedier trains and tighter security at the airport have shifted the balance in favor of the rails.

Flying Brussels to Paris, for example, will take you about five and a half hours, all told, while you can take a high-speed train and get there in an hour and 20 minutes. The traffic to the airport and long walks to the terminal gate only add to the clock. On top of that, you can keep your luggage at your side on a train and generally keep stress levels at a minimum.

Here’s a look at the top 10 time-savers when you opt to ride the rails:

10. Paris to Frankfurt

Plane: 4 hours

Train: 3 hours and 48 minutes

Savings: 12 minutes

9. Munich to Vienna

Plane: 4 hours and 15 minutes

Train: 4 hours

Savings: 15 minutes

8. Paris to Amsterdam

Plane: 4 hours and 5 minutes

Train: 3 hours and 25 minutes

Savings: 40 minutes

7. Rome to Milan

Plane: 4 hours

Train: 3 hours

Savings: 1 hour

6. Madrid to Seville

Plane: 3 hours and 25 minutes

Train: 2 hours and 20 minutes

Savings: 1 hour and 5 minutes

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Redpoint paramedic Colin Koster brings years of experience bringing medical infrastructure and other aid to Middle East

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With U.S. Army Civil Affairs, building hospitals and EMS, and helping Syrian refugees

middle east insurance

The U.S. Army missions we often hear about on the news involve combat missions, special operations, and maybe a story about the Corps of Engineers. What we less often hear about are the service men and women out of uniform, in war-torn regions building schools, outfitting ambulances and delivering healthcare to populations who need it badly.

These are the sorts of missions that Redpoint Resolutions paramedic Colin Koster conducted in locations across the Middle East, as a trauma medical sergeant in the U.S. Army Civil Affairs.

Colin, far left, attends a ceremony with a local religious leader and mayor

One of his more vivid memories is refurbishing a run-down school, damaged during the civil war there. His team was tasked with structural repairs and bringing in staples such as furniture and books.

“They literally held classes in the basement, where the ceilings were four or five feet high,” Colin said. That’s easily remembered by a 6’1” sergeant carrying in desks and chairs.

Colin’s medical skills were in demand. After Basic Training in Fort Jackson, SC, and Fort Benning, GA, for Airborne school, he was stationed in Bamberg, Germany to enroll for 18 Delta Special Forces medical training. Later, he was assigned to the division of Special Operations Civil Affairs, bringing in aid—and, simultaneously, helping mitigate the influence of violent extremist organizations by distributing humanitarian assistance — throughout the region.

The missions varied from the educational, to the medical, to general humanitarian help:

  • Purchasing an ambulance and turning it into a modern Advanced Life Support service for a rural population.
  • Building a hospital in a region that was particularly over burdened by Syrian refugees, and staffing it with a local medical team.
  • Distributing about 40,000 school jackets nationwide.
  • Working with various charities and NGOs to attend to the medical and general needs of some 3 million recent Syrian refugees.
  • And, mostly, educating and assisting small communities with preventative measures such as clean water supplies, pest prevention, infectious disease control, and the like.

“The best type of medicine is preventative medicine,” Colin said.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Redpoint steps in to help traveling clients whose pet was in the emergency room

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Scooter is recovering nicely

Cats have emergencies, too.

A cat sitter hired by traveling Redpoint clients called into report that their pet cat, Scooter, had to go to the emergency room, but she was unable to contact the travelers because of language barriers at the hotel. Scooter required an emergency intervention for a urinary tract blockage, and the pet sitter wanted to be sure the owners were aware.

Redpoint Operations contacted the clients’ travel guides in Havana, Cuba, to set up communications. The cat’s owners were made aware that Scooter was en route to the veterinary clinic.

Redpoint provided the clients with regular updates from the cat sitter about the intravenous fluids and other treatments the pet was receiving. Scooter has since made a full recovery.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.