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Ripcord rescues client from Everest at 21,000 feet

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Severe frost bite at Camp 2 requires medical evacuation

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A climber and Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance client was descending from a successful summit of Mount Everest when the moisture in his boots caused severe frostbite in his toes. He could not continue any further. His team contacted our Redpoint operations team via satellite phone for an evacuation.

Redpoint launched a Eurocopter AS350 B3 helicopter to rescue him from the helipad at Everest’s Camp 2. At 21,000 feet, Camp 2 is one of the highest points in the world for a medical evacuation.

(The AS350 B3 was the model flown in a record-setting brief landing on the peak of Everest at 29,030 feet on May 14, 2005. Also, in April of 2010, a stripped-down AS350 B3 rescued three Spanish climbers, one at a time, from the slopes of Annapurna at an altitude of 22,640: the current record for a high-altitude rescue.)

The Ripcord client was flown to a clinic in Kathmandu and taken immediately to the Critical Care Unit. On-site doctors treated the frostbite, with Redpoint physicians advising.

It has been a deadly season on Everest, with four climbers killed this week, bringing the total for the 2017 season to six.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord 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.

Ripcord clients discuss medical evacuation from African cruise

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‘They absolutely took care of everything’

Tom and Deanna Jones, both Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance clients,  were on a cruise off the coast of Africa when she fell and broke her wrist. A Redpoint medical team met them at the gangway in Zanzibar, and escorted them to Cape Town South Africa.

“When you’re in the middle of the Indian Ocean, and you have no idea whether you should get out in Kenya, Madagascar, or wherever,” Tom said, “having an operations team that’s working with you and for you, really made it comforting for us.”

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Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord 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.

Ripcord reimburses couple for canceled Uganda safari

Posted on Posted in Reimbursement, Travel Insurance

An $8,000 loss averted

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A North Carolina couple, both Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance clients, were preparing for a Uganda safari in six weeks when the wife became very ill. At her hospital, doctors diagnosed her with a severe kidney illness. Her doctors said she would not be able to make the trip.

Once the husband was sure his wife would recover, the he decided to go on the trip solo, and helped her file a claim for her non-refundable airline tickets as part of her Ripcord comprehensive insurance policy.

Ripcord reimbursed the couple for the full insured amount, approximately $8,000.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord 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.

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Redpoint evacuates Ripcord client suffering from HAPE near Everest

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Father and son evacuated by helicopter

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Gorakshep

A 68-year-old Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance client had made it to the final camp before the base of Mt. Everest when he found himself unable to continue his trek. He had a bad cough, a rapid heartbeat and a severely low blood-oxygen level. The group was camped in Gorakshep, at 17,000 feet elevation.

The client’s tour leader called Redpoint operations, whose medical staff monitored his progress as he was placed on supplemental oxygen, improving his condition. When oxygen was removed, however, he quickly worsened. Redpoint medical staff, cooperating with the tour operator, decided  to medically evacuate the Ripcord client by helicopter.

Redpoint dispatched a helicopter to fly the client and his son from Gorakshep to a clinic in Kathmandu. There, he was diagnosed with acute High Altitude Pulmonary Edema, and doctors prescribed him an antibiotic for an upper respiratory infection. He was discharged, and doctors instructed him to return to the clinic after two days for further evaluation so they could clear him for air travel. He and his son have returned safely to Canada.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord 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 assists client with high-altitude sickness in Peru

Posted on Posted in Medical Evacuation, Redpoint Resolutions

Sick in the hotel at 11,000 feet

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You don’t have to be a mountain climber to experience high-altitude sickness.

After a day of hiking in Machu Picchu, a Redpoint client had returned to her hotel room in Cusco, Peru, when she began to experience nausea, vomiting and a fever. Cusco sits at 11,000 feet.

Her husband asked the concierge to send the hotel’s in-house physician, who recommended she be placed on oxygen at a local clinic until she was able to descend to a lower elevation. The client’s husband notified Redpoint that she was suffering from acute altitude sickness.

Redpoint physicians conferred with her local physicians as operations personnel organized a medical evacuation for her. After a night in the hospital on oxygen, however, the university employee’s condition greatly improved, and she was able to board a scheduled commercial flight to Lima, where she was working.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord 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.