Acadian Air Med Starts Carrying Life-Saving Blood Supply to Improve Quality of Medical Flight Service

Acadian Air Med, a medical flight service serving Terrebonne and Lafourche along with the southern parts of Louisiana, will now be carrying blood on board to help save more lives. With this change, the crew will be able to carry out emergency blood transfusions to patients in need.

Partnership with United Blood Services

The ability to carry blood on board is thanks to a partnership between the service and United Blood Services. According to the service officials, Acadian Air Med has now become the first medical flight service serving the Gulf of Mexico workers along with the oil and gas platforms to carry in-flight blood supplies.

According to the Dr. Charles Burnell, the chief medical officer of the company, the patients they service will now have a better chance of survival even though they’re located very remotely. It has been extremely challenging for air ambulance providers to carry blood on board because of issues such as temperature, air pressure fluctuations, etc. And there are only a few air ambulance helicopters in the South that carry blood on board.

Investment Made to Save More Lives with Medical Flight Service

Dr. Burnell also added that the company has been seeing an increase in the number of critically injured or ill patients who have had to be transported for long distances. As a result of this, they have chosen to invest in providing the vital service through all their Air Med fleet. Each of their aircrafts carries two units of blood during each shift and has two more ready for restocking.

Two units of blood can make a huge difference for a patient that’s experienced significant blood loss. Even with this recent addition, they have already managed to make a difference for some patients.

Western Massachusetts to Get New Air Ambulance Service

Hartford HealthCare has developed a new partnership with Springfield’s Baystate Health. This agreement will extend air ambulance service to western Massachusetts. This will be the third Life Star helicopter for Hartford HealthCare. The other two helicopters are based at Norwich’s Backus Hospital and Meriden’s MidState Medical Center.

Strategic Base Chosen for the New Helicopter

According to the agreement, the new helicopter will be based at the Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport located in Westfield, Massachusetts. This location has been chosen strategically, so that flight crews can easily reach the base. Life Star will be in charge of providing the medical flight crew for the helicopter. It will also be providing communication support from Hartford Hospital.

In addition to this, the job of managing hangar space and flight operations will be taken care of by Air Methods, an emergency transportation company. The air ambulance service will transport patients to Baystate, which is a level 1 trauma center.

20,000+ Patients Transported by Life Star’s Air Ambulance Service

Life Star was founded in 1985 and is based in Connecticut. Since its inception, the service has carried out almost 32,000 flights. They have also managed to transport more than 20,000 patients, helping save thousands of lives in the process.

Jeffrey Flaks, Hartford HealthCare’s COO & President, has stated that Life Star has reached a new milestone with this new partnership. According to Jeffrey, the company takes pride in the knowledge that the dedicated crew of Life Star has managed to save countless lives using their extraordinary capabilities.

With this new agreement, it will be easier for the Life Star emergency crew to reach patients in western Massachusetts. As a result, they will have a better chance of saving more lives by providing timely emergency medical care and quick transportation.

Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance to Provide 24-Hour Medical Flight Service

Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance is constantly on the move to further improve the quality of medical flight service they provide. After deciding to carry blood on board last year, the charity has decided to extend their hours of service to save more lives. Starting from the summer of 2018, the air ambulance will begin to operate for 24 hours a day.

Increased Cost of Operations Expected

With extended hours of operations, the air ambulance expects to see an increase in their cost of operations. Currently, they require £2.5 million every year to successfully operate. After offering a 24-hour service, they expect to spend at least an extra £2 million and spend around £4 million each year.

In 2017, the air ambulance also began using a new helicopter to carry out their medical flight service. The state-of-the-art AgustaWestland 169 enabled the air ambulance to improve the quality of service they’re providing to residents of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

Gradual Transition to 24-Hour Medical Flight Service

According to Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance’s chief executive officer Karen Jobling, the air ambulance wouldn’t switch to a 24-hour service overnight. Their staff is already preparing to provide extended service to the communities they serve by the end of 2018.

The team has also made provisions to continue with their emergency medical care even when their helicopter is grounded as a result of unforeseen circumstances. They have a Rapid Response Vehicle that’s been fully equipped with life-saving equipment that can help experts carry out emergency medical procedures.

The extended hours of service will be in place for a trial period of two years, during which they will closely review and analyze its performance. Through this, the air ambulance plans to ensure that they’re providing the most appropriate emergency care possible.

Pafford Resumes Air Ambulance Service in Pine Bluff

Pafford Air One, the Pine Bluff-based air ambulance service has resumed their services after three of their crew members were killed in a helicopter crash in November. After conducting a thorough investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that the crash of the Pafford Air One Bravo resulted from multiple bird strikes as it flew over the Hamptons Reservoir.

Company Retires Helicopter Name to Show Respect for Deceased Crew Members

As a result of the crash, three of the air ambulance’s crew members lost their lives – John Trey Auld III, James Spruiell, and Mike Bollen, an Air Methods pilot. To show respect for these deceased crew members, the air ambulance has decided to retire the Air One Bravo name. They have replaced it with the Pafford Air One-Echo moniker.

On January 12, Friday the air ambulance service had a company-wide radio silence to further pay respect. They then resumed their service following this. According to their new release, the team has made a lasting commitment to be as passionate as Jim, as precise as Mike, and as spirited as Trey.

Company to Continue Providing Lifesaving Air Ambulance Service in Rural Regions

The medical helicopter services of Pafford Air One extend to Clarksdale, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Ruston in addition to Pine Bluff. They have been able to maintain a safety record of more than 20,000 flying hours since they began their services in 2006. As a result of their help, thousands of patients have been able to receive lifesaving services.

The company aims to continue providing high-quality service for patients who reside in rural areas where the response and transport times can negatively impact the outcome. Their service can ensure that critically ill or injured patients can get the quality of care they require before it’s too late.

Magpas Ends 2017 With Highest Medical Flight Callout Rate Till Date

Magpas Air Ambulance saw an increase in demand for their 24/7 service during 2017. Their highly-trained medical flight team had to respond to more than 1,600 life-threatening emergencies in all the countries located east of England. That’s an increase of more than 100 in the callout rate, compared to their rate in 2016.

Magpas Called Out 155 Times in December Alone

In the month of December alone, Magpas had to respond to 155 emergency calls, out of which 55 of them took place between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. For all the responses, doctors and paramedics working for the charity were able to treat a wide variety of medical emergencies with their expert skills and knowledge.

During this period, the medical flight team had to attend to patients facing cardiac arrests and injuries from accidents such as road traffic collision and falls as well as assaults. Magpas saw a significant increase in the number of these incidents for 2017, compared to the previous year.

Need For Magpas Medical Flight Demonstrated by Increase in Callout Rate

The substantial increase in callout rate demonstrates that there is an increasing demand for the service provided by Magpas Air Ambulance. During the festive season, theirs was the only service of its kind to operate 24/7 in east England.

Magpas has made a prediction that the need for their service will also increase in 2018. This means they will need to raise nearly £5 million to ensure that their operations stay on track to save lives of seriously ill and injured residents of the region.

The air ambulance runs on donations from the communities that they provide their service to. They hope to be able to gather the necessary funds to continue their operations in 2018.

Hangar Underway for CanWest’s New Air Ambulance Service

CanWest Air Ambulance will soon have a new hangar to house their aircraft as its construction is well underway. The building alone is expected to be finished by the end of January, after which the air ambulance service will have to make some more additions to complete the hangar.

Construction Began Shortly After Approval of Lease Agreement

Officials from the city of Medicine Hat and CanWest Air Ambulance had a meeting on December 18, during which they approved a lease agreement for the air ambulance. This agreement involves providing CanWest with the permission to develop their hangar space at the airport. The next day, contractors began their work on the site to finish the project as quickly as possible.

Workers on the site have cleared ground for the foundation of the building. They have also put grade beams on the construction site. According to CanWest’s CEO, Jake Fehr, there is currently no issue from their end or from the contractors’ and they should expect to get a new hangar by April 1. They expect to have the walls of the building up by January 25.

New Air Ambulance Service to Replace Integra Air

The province of Alberta awarded CanWest with a contract to provide the Medicine Hat region with air ambulance service and replace Integra Air. Their service extends to several communities in the province such as Calgary and Edmonton.

In December, CanWest narrowed down on a 1.09 acre site to build their hangar at the Medicine Hat Regional Airport. After the walls of the hangar are finished, they expect to complete working on the interiors by February. They also plan to build a taxiway that will connect the hangar to the airport’s runway.

With the lease agreement they have with CanWest, the city of Medicine Hat will be able to generate approximately $18,750 a year in rent payment.

New Air Ambulance Service Agreement for Vermont and New Hampshire Hospitals

There has been a new arrangement between the largest healthcare providers in New Hampshire and Vermont. The goal is to provide better helicopter air ambulance service to patients located in Vermont and upstate New York.

Air Ambulance Service Crew to Be Based in Burlington

The deal was signed between officials from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and University of Vermont Health Network. Under this deal, Dartmouth will be in charge of providing the air ambulance and the air crew. This crew will be based out of the Burlington area. University of Vermont Health Network will be responsible for staffing the air ambulance with medical professionals to provide high-quality emergency medical care.

According to the medical officer for the Regional Transport System of UVM Health Network, Ryan Clouser, they are able to cover 40,000 square miles within their service area. This makes it vital for them to ensure that transportation is consistently available for patients who are in need of immediate medical care.

New Agreement to Cover Only Hospital Transfers

As of now, hospitals in the region are mostly reliant on ground ambulances for transporting critical care patients between facilities. Although some patients are already being transported by helicopters, it’s not consistent. The new Burlington-based helicopter air ambulance service will be dedicated to carrying out patient transfers between hospitals. This means that it will not be used for picking up patients at accident scenes.

President of UVM Medical Center, Eileen Whalen has stated that they are working to create a system that’s most convenient for their patients and satisfies their needs the best. UVM covers areas such as Newport in northeastern Vermont to the New York communities of Canton and Massena within their service area. The new helicopter service will become operational from July 2018.

A.L.E.R.T Program Seeking Help in Raising Money for New Medical Flight Helicopter

The A.L.E.R.T air ambulance program of Kalispell Regional Medical Center has upgraded to a new medical flight helicopter with the help of a loan. This new helicopter has replaced their 17-year-old helicopter, which managed to log 6,500 hours during its service. Now the program is looking to raise funds so it can pay back the loan.

New Helicopter Offers Increased Safety and Speed

The new helicopter acquired by the program is a Bell 407, which is fully equipped with high-end systems to improve the quality of service with better safety and speed. It has an autopilot and an avionics system. The improved speed of the helicopter will help the program in transporting patients quickly to hospitals to receive emergency medical care.

The A.L.E.R.T program had to spend $4 million on the new medical flight helicopter. And since they required it immediately, they had to take out a loan to purchase it before they could raise the money.

Thousands of Lives Saved Through the Medical Flight Program

Since it began in 1975, the A.L.E.R.T program has managed to save 1,500 lives by being in the air about 500 times each year. But instead of selling the old helicopter, the program has decided to use it as a backup. This is necessary since the contracted helicopters they once used as backup are no longer qualified for carrying out emergency medical services per the latest FAA requirements.

Now that the program won’t have to spend on contracted helicopters, having the old helicopter as backup will help in cutting down costs. Having an additional aircraft also gives the program the ability to provide additional training to their crew without the need to be non-operational.  In the long run, this could help in improving the overall quality of service.

Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance to Provide Medical Flight Service in Gothenburg

Residents of Gothenburg, Sweden will now get quality medical flight service with Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance being chosen to serve the region. Under the new contract, Babcock will operate an AW169 helicopter that’s been specially configured for carrying out patient transfers. It will be operating out of a new base that’s been set up in Gothenburg.

Babcock Signs Four-Year Medical Flight Service Contract

Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance will begin their operations in 2018, when the operation transfer from the current in-house provider transfer to them. The new contract is valid for four years and there’s an option to extend it for two years after that. The overall value of this contract is about 45 million USD.

Marius Hansen, Babcock’s managing director has expressed the company’s gratitude for having been chosen to provide critical medical flight service for the residents of Vastra Gotaland County. Under this new agreement, Babcock will be able to extend the coverage they already provide in Sweden. It is also a form of recognition of the reputation they have built for delivering a reliable critical service.

Babcock Prepared to Provide Specialist In-Flight Care

With the new contract, Babcock will be providing critical patient transfer from their new Gothenburg base. This will enable thousands of patients to gain access to quick and safe transport to specialist healthcare centers.

The helicopter will be operated by trained medical staff and has been equipped with high-quality onboard technologies. This will ensure that each patient receives specialist in-flight care that they require.

Babcock has provided helicopter emergency services in different countries including Finland, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden. In addition to this, they’ve also carried out operations in Australia and the U.K. The company’s fleet of aircrafts have been able to execute approximately 63,000 missions every year.

Trinity Health Launches Air Ambulance Service to Serve Williston

Williston now has a fixed-wing aircraft providing residents with valuable air ambulance service. Trinity Health has launched NorthStar Criticair Fixed Wing Williston as an extension of their existing service based in Minot. This new service will be filling the void left by the move of ValleyMed’s service to a different area.

Service Became Operational on 13th

The NorthStar Criticair Fixed Wing Williston became available for transporting patients on the 13th of December. The plane is staffed by an experienced and well-trained team comprising of two pilots and two paramedics along with a flight nurse. It is the only air ambulance service operating out of Williston and is expected to be highly beneficial for the region’s residents.

The aircraft is a King Air 90 and is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment that will enable critical care teams to provide the kind of service required by their patients. It has been designed to fly patients who are critically ill or injured to medical facilities that are larger or more specialized. Requests for the service will be made through hospitals in the Williston area. The director of critical care service for Trinity Health, Lorrie Antos has stated that the service will fly patients anywhere they need to go.

24-Hour Air Ambulance Service

The aircraft will be operational for 24 hours a day throughout the week so as to ensure availability of service for patients in need at all hours of the day. It will be even be able to fly patients to hospitals outside of Williams County.

It will be available for transporting both adult and pediatric patients as well as pregnant patients who are in labor. Just like they’ve done with their Minot-based service, Trinity Health has collaborated with Executive Air Taxi Corp. for providing the aircraft along with pilots and maintenance experts.