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.

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.

Children’s Air Ambulance Service Receives Generation Donation from General Tire

With the support of Micheldever Tyre Services, General Tire has been able to raise £14,000 to support the Children’s Air Ambulance Service. The company has been raising funds for the charity since the past two years, when they formed a partnership.

Fundraising Events Resulted In Current Amount Raised

The current total funds have been raised through the on-going dedication of the MTS network, which is part of the General Tyres independent tyre dealers. The team has undertaken fundraising efforts at individual business sites. Some of the funds were collected through donations made at various General Tire events.

In October, there were two 4×4 driving experiences hosted by General Tire in support of the air ambulance service. Both events were hosted at exceptional off-road centers, which were located in the northern and southern parts of the country. MTS organized the events and saw about 60 independent tyre dealers participating in both of them. After both these events, participants attended a charity fundraising auction and dinner.

Air Ambulance Service Receives Massive Support

Dealers of General Tire were able to provide support to Children’s Air Ambulance by raising more than £1,800. According to MTS trade marketing manager, Lisa Marie Davison, General Tire has been able to host several fundraising activities for Children’s Air Ambulance since their partnership began in 2015.

She also thanked the independent tyre dealers who put in a lot of effort to help raise funds for the charity through various events. National partnership manager for Children’s Air Ambulance, Jo Payne took the time to thank General Tire and MTS as well as the dealers on behalf of the charity for the backing. With the funds raised through their efforts, the charity will be able to continue providing life-saving patient transfer service for critically ill babies and children.

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.

New Medical Flight Service for Wisconsin Residents

Residents of central Wisconsin will once again be able to gain access to a 24-hour medical flight service as a result of a new agreement formed by Marshfield Clinic Health Systems. The clinic made an announcement on the 12th that they have partnered with Life Link III, which is based out of Minneapolis in Minnesota.

New Base of Medical Flight Service Operations Set Up

Marshfield Medical Center’s medical director, Brian Hernaman has stated that the new base of operations for Life Link has been established in what was once the “Spirit of Marshfield” hangar at St. Joseph’s Hospital. They will be using the existing facility in the campus such as the fuel system facility and the office space.

The medical flight service will be overseeing scene responses in and around the Marshfield campus. It will stretch to the north of Wasau and past Wisconsin Rapids in the south, and extend all the way towards Tomah. With the existing Life Link III base in Rice Lake, the service will basically cover the entire service area of Marshfield Clinic Health Systems.

Life Link III to Use its One-Call System

Life Link III will continue using its one-call system, which involves collaboration with other air ambulance providers and dispatch centers in the county and municipality. The goal would be to dispatch the most appropriate helicopter for each patient in need of transport by air.

They will have operators standing by and taking calls from local EMS to find the closest helicopters to dispatch even if it’s not a Life Link helicopter. So if a Life Link helicopter isn’t going to be able to reach the patient in time, the operator will send the quickest and nearest helicopter to transport the patient. This could save many lives as the service is working towards doing what’s best for the patients.

Wales Air Ambulance Relocates Pediatric and Neonatal Division of Its Medical Flight Service

The pediatric and neonatal division of Wales Air Ambulance Charity has been permanently shifted to a new base in Cardiff. From this new base, Children’s Wales Air Ambulance will be carrying out medical flight service to transport injured or ill children and vulnerable babies to hospitals in Wales and other nearby regions.

Advanced Medical Flight Service for Children

According to the HEMS service, this new operation based in Cardiff is the most advanced service of its kind available for pediatric and neonatal patients in the U.K. It is fully equipped with a revolutionary flight incubator system. Along with this, the charity also boasts of having the only dedicated helicopter transfer practitioners in Britain.

In addition to four pilots, four helicopter transfer practitioners will be stationed at the Cardiff Heliport so they can help in transporting patients between hospitals in case there’s a need for specialist care. The crew members each have a background in nursing and paramedicine. They have additionally undergone an intensive two-month training to practice in an air ambulance.

Strategic Move for Children’s Wales Air Ambulance

The permanent move to the new Cardiff base is a strategic one to improve the quality of medical flight service provided for pediatric and neonatal patients. The new base is located close to the Children’s Hospital for Wales, making it easier for them to provide quick and efficient transportation. They also have space and facilities dedicated for the unique operation they’re running.

The team can transport children and new-born babies to any health center in Wales and nearby regions. They can even transport patients to locations in Liverpool’s Alder Hay and London’s Great Ormond Street. This service can be the difference between life and death for a young patient in need of emergency treatment or surgery.