Cornwall Air Ambulance Closes Year with 600+ Medical Flight Missions

Cornwall Air Ambulance, which was recently awarded with the prestigious Investing in Volunteers award, was able to carry out almost 900 missions in the year 2017. Out of these, more than 600 were medical flight missions. The total amount of patients they helped for the year is enough to fill 10 double-decker buses. Their lifesaving services extended throughout the Isles of Scilly and the Duchy.

Highest Total Missions in More Than Five Years

During 2017, the medical flight crew of Cornwall Air Ambulance completed a total of 869 missions. These numbers are the highest they’ve ever been in more than five years. According to the air ambulance’s leaders, these higher numbers can be credited to the extension of their operating hours. Now the crew is on call till 2am for four days in a week.

The charity’s MD902 helicopters were used for carrying out 670 missions in total. The remaining 199 missions were carried out using the critical care cars operated by the charity. A majority of the calls they responded to were in the Isles of Scilly. Bodmin and Newquay were also among the top-serviced regions.

Medical flight Crew Treated More than 700 Patients

Among the 869 missions carried out by the crew, 742 of them involved providing treatment to sick or injured patients. While the air ambulance was primarily used for providing swift transport to the hospital, the crew can now provide lifesaving emergency care with their advanced equipment and critical care skills.

461 of the emergencies they responded to involved medical conditions. 397 of the people they treated were suffering from serious injuries. One out of three missions involved patients with a heart problem. The air ambulance also helped in carrying out 11 inter-hospital transfers to ensure timely treatment for patients.

Florida-Based Medical Flight Team Provides Assistance to Puerto Rico

REVA, the air ambulance company based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida has provided valuable service to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico. The medical flight team has been flying in relief supplies to San Juan and then transporting patients out of the city after it was hit by Hurricane Maria. Now that the REVA hangar in San Juan has been overhauled, the relief flights have been discontinued since Friday September 29.

Efforts Began with Three REVA Employees

The relief efforts began on Saturday September 23 when three employees of the company were flown from Fort Lauderdale to San Juan. Another two employees based in San Juan assisted them. They met a REVA Learjet that was carrying supplies such as canned foods, water, baby formula, diapers, soap, and sports drinks. These supplies were donated by REVA employees and the B’nai Torah congregation, based in Boca Raton.

The medical flight team set up a belt loader like the ones used in commercial flights. They then unloaded all the supplies onto the belt, storing them inside the only storage room remaining in the REVA hangar. This was the first relief supply mission out of a total of four carried out by REVA.

More Supplies Delivered by Medical Flight Team

On Monday September 25, the REVA team flew in to San Juan again with donations from REVA employees and some more supplies by the B’nai Torah congregation. These supplies included flashlights, solar fans, bug spray, and batteries along with basic medical supplies.

The next day, they loaded a dual-prop Cessna 402 with supplies to aid St. Thomas and Tortola in Virgin Islands. After their last trip on Friday, the team will carry out major rebuilding of the airport. The flight crew has also been transporting patients in need of medical treatment out of Puerto Rico and on the U.S. mainland.

Night Vision Technology to Be Installed on Air Ambulances in British Columbia

British Columbia Emergency Health Services has announced that the air ambulances they manage will be fitted with night vision technology. The organization, which manages paramedic and ambulance services throughout British Columbia, will be installing the technology on three of the air ambulance helicopters under their service.

Safer Flights for Air Ambulances

According to the B.C. Emergency Health Services, having night vision technology will help their pilots to fly safely in the dark or in low light. As a result, their critical care paramedics will be able to reach more patients who are in need of emergency medical care and transport. Patients located in northern and coastal British Columbia will mainly benefit from this new technology.

While night vision technology has been mainly used in search and rescue operations and by law enforcement organizations, this new implementation in healthcare will surely help save many more lives.

Helijet International Helicopters Set for Night Vision Installations

Helijet International is one of the two contractors who are providing helicopters to the B.C. Emergency Health Services. And they’ve announced that their helicopters are ready for night vision installations. All three of their Sikorsky S-76C+s will be fitted with night-vision imaging systems, which will enable better and safer flights for the air ambulances.

According to Brendan McCormick, Helijet’s Director of Flight Operations, these installations will help them in providing service where they couldn’t before. It will also dramatically increase the level of safety in regions where they were able to provide service before.

Heliject International will be financing the installation cost of $1.6 million based on an agreement they have with the B.C. Emergency Health Services. The company has partnered with Night Flight Concepts, VIH Aerospace, and Rebtech Technologies to complete the installation. They aim to complete crew training on the technology by next year.

STARS Air Ambulance Carries Out Record Number of Medical Flights in July

STARS Air Ambulance, which is Manitoba’s contracted service provider of medical flights, broke a record for the month of July. In the past month, they completed a record number of flights with their crews responding to 95 emergencies. In 2016 of the same month, STARS Air Ambulance had completed 65 missions.

Spike in Emergencies During Summer

According to STARS’ base director Grant Therrien, their air ambulance crews often have to respond to emergency situations one after the other. Their crew would return to base from an incident only to refuel and respond to another incident. And every summer, they expect to see a spike in the number of emergencies because people spend more time outside and are at higher risk of getting into an accident.

Improved Response Times for Medical Flights by STARS

For the month of July, STARS saw 54 scene calls and 41 inter-facility calls as well as 40 medical emergencies and 25 trauma calls. Among these incidents were 25 vehicle crashes and five of them were involving ATVs.

Considering the number of medical flights STARS has had to respond to in July alone, they expect to see a total of about 700 calls throughout the year. This would be a significant increase from 2016, during which they responded to 619 calls.

And now that STARS has fully integrated their service within the province’s emergency response system, they have also seen a reduction in response times. This means they have been available for medical calls a lot more than before.

Additionally, their ability to use the helipad at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre has helped them in reducing their response time significantly. The service provided by STARS has improved as well after their technicians were required to undergo more training.

Lincolnshire Air Ambulance Service to Get a New Aircraft

The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance is all set to get a new aircraft for carrying out their air ambulance service. The new aircraft will be officially unveiled at the air ambulance charity’s launch pad located at RAF Waddington on June 13. Lincolnshire’s new air ambulance aircraft is an AugustaWestland 169 and will be replacing the current aircraft being used by the charity.

New Aircraft to Enhance Lincolnshire’s Air Ambulance Service

The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance currently carries out their air ambulance operations using an MD Explorer aircraft. The new Augusta Westland 169 will be replacing this old aircraft to enhance the charity’s ability to provide transport and care.

According to a spokesman for the charity, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance will be getting a new state-of-the-art aircraft. This replacement will enable them to enhance the critical care they provide to patients on ground and in flight.

In addition to this, the new aircraft is also faster than the current one. It can fly at a speed of up to 190mph and can operate for more than four hours. This means they will also be able to transport patients more quickly to medical care facilities to receive the care they require.

About Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance

The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance carries out about 1,000 missions every year. In order to carry out these operations, the charity requires an average of about £2.1 million. They collect these funds through donations from the public, their lottery, and their shops.

The charity also accepts the efforts of volunteers to help maintain their operations. Earlier this year, their headquarters was a target of burglars, who broke into the offices. But since they did not keep the money on site, they didn’t experience much loss except having to pay for the cost of a broken window.

South Central Air Ambulance Service Paramedics Now Equipped with Live Streaming Cameras

Paramedics working at the South Central Air Ambulance Service have now been equipped with cameras for live streaming. These cameras are aimed at enhancing the quality of emergency service provided by the air ambulance company. Along with the paramedics, local hospital consultants at the Thames Valley Air Ambulance will be equipped with the live streaming cameras.

What it Means for the Air Ambulance Service

With this new equipment, the service’s clinical coordination center under the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service desk will be able to view the live footage when an emergency air ambulance team responds to an incident. This will assist in better coordination between the HEMS team and the air ambulance crew.

By actually seeing the patient, the HEMS will be able to provide more accurate advice. As a result of this, the air ambulance team will be able to save plenty of time especially in life-threatening emergency cases. And this will in turn improve the quality of service they provide.

Other Benefits of Live Streaming Cameras

In addition to the benefits mentioned above, live streaming cameras have plenty of other benefits for an air ambulance service. For example, it can be an effective training aid for paramedics and doctors who are just beginning their service in the air ambulance industry. It could provide the service with the ability to review selected cases and apply certain improvements to their procedures.

They can also help the HEMS staff to arrange for any crucial medical supplies that might be needed for restocking the air ambulance. For example, a live feed of the incident might be able to tell them whether they need to pre-order items like plasma packs, which have been used to treat the patient. Doing so will help them prepare ahead for the air ambulance’s next mission.

Thieves Break Into Medical Flight Headquarters in Lincolnshire

The headquarters of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance was the target of burglars in the early mornings of February 16. Charity workers at the headquarters condemned the actions of the thieves, who smashed a window in an attempt to enter the office building. The incident took place at around 4:20 AM in Bracebridge Heath, where the medical flight offices were located.

Burglars Fled After Alarm Went Off

From what can be observed, the burglars seem to have fled after hearing the alarms, which went off when they broke the window. Aside from the broken window, there are no further damages to the property. But according to Sally Crawford, the charity’s Deputy Chief Executive, the money spent on repairs should have gone towards saving lives.

For each mission, the medical flight charity has to spend around £2,100 and their aircraft completes an average of three missions in one day. The annual cost of operations and maintenance is around 2.1 million, which the charity has to raise from scratch in order to keep saving lives. So they need to see to it that every penny goes towards their operations.

Discounted Repairs of Medical Flight Headquarters

The charity managed to have the windows fixed at a discounted price. While the actual cost would have been £250, the repairs were done for £70 because they’re a charity. Crawford expressed her concern over people wanting to rob a charity organization. She also further expressed her disappointment towards having to spend valuable money from the public on repairs rather than what it’s meant for.

The assumption is that it was an opportunity attack, since the charity does not keep their money on the site. Crawford said that it’s disappointing how people would choose to break into an office that provides real life-saving services.

Coleg Cambria Students and Staff Team Up to Help Wales Air Ambulance Service

The Wales Air Ambulance Service is benefiting from the helping hands of students and staff at Coleg Cambria. The college has raised more than £6,500 for the air ambulance charity through its annual Christmas festivities. The festivities were held across three of the college’s sites – Llysfasi, Northop, and Wrexham – where students and visitors alike participated in festive activities while raising funds for the charity.

Craft Fairs Yielded Vital Funds for Air Ambulance Service

The college’s Yale site also held a Christmas Craft Fair, where budding entrepreneurs had the opportunity to showcase their produce. The fair was beneficial to all parties involved as the entrepreneurs could test trade their products and discover invaluable marketing techniques in the process.

The Northop Campus too played host to a Craft Fair, where 30 stalls were set up to sell crafts, gifts, and refreshments. For younger visitors, face painting activities and animal centre visits were the highlights of the event. During the animal centre tour, visitors were able to see reptiles and monkeys housed at the college.

Students and Visitors Enjoyed the Entertainment at the Llysfasi Site

Residents, local schools, and community groups participated in the fundraising event for Wales Air Ambulance at the college’s Llysfasi campus. Visitors had the chance to watch a live nativity play that featured college students. The event also involved Christmas carols to add an overall festive theme to the fair.

The event managed to bring the college and the local community together to contribute for a good cause while having some good-hearted fun. With the help of these festive activities, the students and staff at Coleg Cambria managed to raise thousands for the air ambulance service. At the same time, this event was an excellent opportunity for learning and experience for the students.

Laser Prankster Temporarily Blinds Medical Flight Doctor

A laser pen caused a potentially catastrophic incident after temporarily blinding a medical flight doctor working for Wales Air Ambulance. The police are trying to find information regarding the culprit behind this prank and request anyone who has some knowledge about the crime. The incident took place while the air ambulance aircraft flew over Townhill.

Details of the Incident that Temporarily Blinded Medical Flight Doctor

The air ambulance aircraft for Wales Air Ambulance was flying over Townhill at around 7:30 PM on 5th November. The doctor suffered from temporary blindness and eye damage due to the laser. The safety of the aircraft and its passengers was threatened because of this incident. According to officials from Wales Air Ambulance, the incident could have been catastrophic.

The police are now appealing to the public to help them trace the culprit behind the attack. The laser pen is believed to have provided commercial-strength laser beam.

Dire Consequences for Culprit

According to Inspector Paul Thomas with the South Wales Police, the police are taking the crime very seriously and are doing everything they can to catch the culprit. He went on to state that people do not understand the circumstances involved in shining lasers at an aircraft, which could even result in serious fatalities.

He further stated that the police will promptly prosecute anyone who carries out this offense. The culprit who endangered the lives of a medical flight crew could face a fine of up to £5,000 and/or imprisonment of five years.

Representatives for Wales Air Ambulance stated that the incident could have been catastrophic. When people get laser burns to the eye, they could get blinded for life. In this particular incident, the pilot for the flight managed to avert his eyes in time and continued to fly the aircraft.

Action 9 Looks into Sky-High Rates of Medical Air Transportation

A Rocklege family was in shock when they received a bill of $60,000 for medial air transportation. The flight lasted 45 minutes and was carried out in order to transport their son to a specialty hospital. Now Action 9’s Todd Ulrich has taken on the responsibility to help the family find answers for this outrageous bill.

The History of the Flight

Lori and Terris Bodrick’s 18-year-old son was hospitalized at Wuesthoff Medical Center located in Rockledge. But the doctors couldn’t diagnose his illness so he had to be transported to Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic. The family called for medical air transportation provided by Air Methods in order to transfer their son to a specialty hospital.

Family Receives Outrageous Bill for Medical Air Transportation

The Bodricks’ son was safely transported through a flight lasting approximately 45 minutes. But a month later, they received a bill for $60,000. Their health insurance was able to pay the air ambulance company $10,000 for the service. And according to Florida Blue, this was all they had to pay. Yet Air Methods sent them a demand of $50,000, which if not paid would result in a visit from a collection agency.

Air Methods has undergone an Action 9 investigation two years ago and has helped two other patients to avoid outrageous air ambulance bills. After Action 9 contacted the air ambulance company, they have offered to lower the bill using a special consideration. Air Methods promises to review the 18-year-old’s bill and also defends the charges claiming insurance companies aren’t paying their fair share.

While Florida recently passed a law to ban excessive charges in case of emergency care, air ambulance operators are safe from this as they’re protected by a federal airline deregulation. This prevents the state from interfering with their rates. For now, it’s all about waiting and hoping for the best.