The Utility of Medical Flights Gets Credence by NCBI

National Center for Biotechnology Information, popularly referred to as NCBI is a premier American institution that analyzes the credence of claims pertaining to medicine through scientific publications (among other things). NCBI’s online publication wing PubMed has recently published a review about the importance of medical flights. The review about medical flights was also published in Canadian Journal of Surgery. The publication goes on to prove through real-time research and statistical surveys that critical patients are more likely to survive when transported through medical flights.

Underlining the Importance of Medical Flights

The publication states that transport of injured patients through medical flights is important because of the increasing number of patients and the limited number of trauma centers. It also cites inadequate subspecialty coverage in most hospitals that do not have trauma services. The logic here is that medical flights can provide timely medical transportation to patients and get them the right care before it is too late.

The Monitoring of Medical Flights was Extensive

In accordance with the high standards set by researches that are published in NCBI, data of 14,440 patients over a period of 10 years were monitored. These patients were divided by the modes of transport that were chosen. In other words, patients who were transported through medical flights and other means were chosen and outcomes were compared. The severity of injury, mortality and interventions received were considered.

At the end of the extensive study, it was definitively concluded that patients transported through medical flights had a remarkably better shot at survival and required lesser interventions. For instance, people who had suffered penetrative injuries such as stabbing got proper care and facilities on time. This resulted in lesser loss of blood, requiring smaller blood transfusions. Naturally, the complications were also reduced. Fewer patients needed admissions to intensive care units or operating rooms when compared to those transported through other modes of transport.

The data was gathered from Grady Memorial Hospital’s trauma service in Atlanta. The review of medical flights and their role in patient survival was conducted by several doctors belonging to various prestigious medical institutions of Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia.

Air Medical Transport Makes its Debut in China

To say that you are surprised is an understatement when you learn that the most populated country in the whole world, China, did not have air medical transport services until recently. The country’s first air ambulance has now started operating in its capital Beijing. China’s capital is not like any other city; it is more populous than smaller countries that surround it. The country as a whole shelters over 1.3 billion people. The communist country has finally woken up to the fact that its citizens need speedy air medical transport services.

The Difficulties for Air Medical Transport are Many

If you are thinking that the woes of quick medical transport are behind China already, hold your horses. The country has only about 400 commercial choppers at present, let alone actual air medical transport vehicles. Adding to the present air medical transport chopper’s demand-supply gap, there are also some logistical problems. Beijing is known for its huge traffic jams, which can make reaching the patient pretty tough. Then, there are other problems like dense smog that can bring the visibility drastically down. Also, the country does not enjoy a structured air ambulance sector the way other countries like Canada, the US and the UK do.

Air Medical Transport Sector of China Must Look Forward

Although the situation might seem grim, improvements can come quickly in a country like China where decision-making rests with a few hands, and these hands now seem to be working at better air medical transport services. The current air medical transport vehicle is a twin-engine Airbus chopper. It has been custom designed with sliding doors and sports ‘state of the art’ equipment. The chopper does not require a helipad for landing and is highly maneuverable. The air medical transport vehicle has been ordered by Beijing 999 Emergency Rescue Centre, which is a subsidiary of Beijing Red Cross Foundation. The international air ambulance sector is hoping that this is just the first of the many more air medical transport vehicles that will enter Beijing and the rest of China in the days to come.

Another Air Ambulance Drone that’s Making News

“It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superman.” “No, it’s actually an air ambulance drone!”

After the air ambulance drone by Urban Aeronautics in Israel, it’s now the drones with built-in automatic external defibrillators that are making the news. The air ambulance drone has been designed by Alec Mont who is a student at Delft University in Holland. Don’t be surprised if you find drones flying in packed sports venues or traffic jams in the near future. The air ambulance drone is capable of covering an area of 12 square kilometers within a minute. Now, that’s a huge achievement considering the long delays that often result in loss of life during cardiac emergencies.

The New Air Ambulance Drone Sports an Intelligent Design

The drone, apart from the built-in defibrillator, also has a webcam, microphone and audio equipment. This means a paramedic can give life-saving instructions to bystanders from a remote location while viewing the patient and ascertaining the situation realtime. The drone itself is highly portable and light making it easy to carry from the landing site to the patient. The propellers actually fold back while using the defibrillator so that it does not hinder the defibrillator use. The air ambulance drone comes with labels that can enable anyone to use it efficiently.

The Lifesaving Air Ambulance Drone May Hit the Markets Soon

With the government looking to clear obstacles for civilian air space use, these lifesaving air ambulance drones may soon become a must-have for hospitals around the United States and beyond. The cost too is not prohibitive considering that it is slated to be sold at 15,000 Euros (about $18,800). This would be a small price to pay for saving thousands of lives in “unreachable” circumstances such as lack of transport facilities or traffic jams. This truly international air ambulance drone is capable of achieving a top speed of 60 miles per hour.

Some Cool International Air Ambulance Apps

In today’s date, there is hardly any sector that smartphone apps have not been able to penetrate, and international air ambulance industry is no exception. Here, we discuss a few air ambulance apps that have made news. Each app that we discuss has some connection to the international air ambulance industry. While some of these intelligent apps provide better coordination, others have simply helped raise money for charitable international air ambulance services.

The International Air Ambulance Apps that Have Been Making News

Augmented Interactive Reality (A.I.R.) Ambulance: Developed by Midlands Air Ambulance, United Kingdom, this app has just one objective and that is to raise money for the charitable organization. All you need to do is install this app in your smartphone and glide it over a banknote. You will immediately see some air ambulances in action on your smartphone screen. The objective here is to raise the awareness about international air ambulance services and to enable people to donate money. Midlands Air Ambulance is completely funded by the public and incurs a cost of 2500 pounds everytime it goes on a mission.

Devon Air Ambulance Trust: This app enables you to donate money to Devon Air Ambulance Trust, UK. However, the app goes a step further and incorporates geo-location technology. The air ambulance, app not only gives people an idea of where they are located during emergencies but also gives out the geo coordinates that is necessary for international air ambulance crews to find patients.

GoodSam: This app has been developed by neurosurgeon and air ambulance physician, Dr. Mark Wilson. The app creates a network of people who are willing to offer a helping hand during medical emergencies. If interested in being part of this network, people just have to download this free app. During an emergency, the app sends an SOS message to the nearest members for help. It also helps the members locate the nearest facility that has defibrillator equipment.

Heli-Now: This app has been developed by Life Flight chopper pilot, Jim Cooper. The app aims to cut the time taken by air ambulance services to reach the patients. Often, when exact locations of patients are not known, precious minutes are lost by air ambulances in locating them. The app aims to cut this time, which in turn will also facilitate better coordination for aircrews. Better coordination also means more aircrew safety.

Find-ER: This app has been developed by Air Ambulance Card in public interest. The company deals in prepaid international air ambulance services. Through the app, users can locate nearest hospitals, hospital routes and contact information. It even allows the users to store vital medical information about them, which can come handy during an emergency treatment.

International Air Ambulance Services are Going Beyond their Call of Duty

Development of smart apps is just one of the many initiatives that international air ambulance companies are taking to make the world a safer place. With the kind of interest that international air ambulance services are showing in the field, the day wouldn’t be far when people will have access to these life savers with just a touch of their smartphones.

The Future of Medical Air Transport: Air Ambulance Drones

Speak of drones and the first thing that comes to mind is the war on terror, but these drones are donning the new mantle of saviors now. Just last year, a car crash victim was saved by air ambulance drones. The conventional medical air transport vehicles found it impossible to reach the crash site, which had occurred in a remote area in Saskatchewan, Canada. The drone had located the patient through heat sensing technology in the freezing night and saved the victim from a certain death. This was perhaps the first ever documented unmanned air rescue for a medical necessity.

Medical Air Transport through Drones Elsewhere in the World

Urban Aeronautics is a startup Israeli company that has been working on unmanned medical air transport vehicles. They have named the air ambulance drone “AirMule.” The medical air transport vehicle is highly agile and can penetrate through tough urban conditions. The first prototype is already out and measures 20 feet in length and 6 feet in width. It is known to possess the agility of a helicopter. It can fly carrying 880 pounds of weight at a speed of 140 miles per hour. The unmanned air medical transport carrier was developed at a cost of $2.5 million. The company plans to release its first medical air transport drone by the year 2020. Once ready, the air ambulance drone would be helpful in rescuing patients in disaster stricken areas.

Is Congress Pushing for Air Ambulance Drones in Civilian Airspace?

The United States Congress has already issued the FAA a deadline of 2015 to facilitate drone use in civilian airspace. This will certainly open new doors for commercializing drones in a productive ways. We can only hope that the government bodies encourage the development of drones in the medical air transport realm, making the whole world a more accessible place during medical emergencies. This will also help save the lives of medical air transport crews, who are often compelled to work in emergencies caring little for their own wellbeing. The air ambulance drones could also prove valuable in providing medical care to our soldiers posted in highly volatile regions around the world.

Air Methods Corp Airambulance Ranks 14 on Forbes List

Air Methods Corp, which is an airambulance company based in Englewood, Colorado, has ranked 14th among America’s best small companies in the state. Founded in the year 1980, the company offers airambulance service throughout the United States. It is also involved in manufacturing, design and installation of medical transportation products. The airambulance company offers its services to various institutions and hospitals under exclusive operating agreements. The services provided by Air Methods include airambulance maintenance and operation, billing and collection, care, communications and dispatch.

Investors are Already Eyeing the Airambulance Company

The airambulance company, which is currently listed on NASDAQ with the code AIRM, enjoys 14% annualized returns over a period of 5 years. The sales in the past year alone resulted in $958 million. The stocks of Air Methods Corp. are currently commanding a market price of $53.2 per share. The company is run by CEO Aaron Todd and has about 4,055 employees. The United Rotorcraft division of the airambulance company is involved in manufacturing while Air Medical Services division is involved in medical transportation. Experts put the best buying price of the company’s share at $45 which could fetch a 9.5% annualized return through options.

How the Airambulance Company Landed in the Forbes List

To determine the rankings of the companies, Forbes Magazine took into consideration companies that were publically held and saw revenue of less than a billion. The other conditions were that the company must be listed and must have been publically traded for a minimum of one year. It also considered only those companies that had seen revenue between $5 million and $1 billion. Further the magazine took into consideration aspects such as sales and earnings growth. It also looked at return on investment over the past one year and five years.

Air Methods Corp has so far seen an equity growth of 21% and sales growth of 14% considering the five-year average. Further, it has a market cap of $2.1 billion, debt of $678 million and revenue of 958 million. The airambulance company also has cash in hand of $11 million and total profit of $87 million. These figures definitely make this airambulance company a winner.

Would You Fly in this Air Ambulance used to Ferry Ebola Patients?

The Gulfstream air ambulance that has been used to transport several patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus is fast developing a name for itself. This state-of-the-art air ambulance has carried “Ebola Heros” like Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, the American missionaries who contracted the virus earlier in August. Recently, the air ambulance was again used to carry Nina Pham, the nurse who was caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first US Ebola patient. While Pham is now out of danger, Duncan was not as lucky as he succumbed to the killer disease on October 10.

About Gulfstream Air Ambulance that is Now Gaining Legendary Status

From the outset, you will be forgiven to mistake this air ambulance for a luxury aircraft that carries the celebrities. However, the inside of the air ambulance tells a totally different story. Built to accommodate some of the most modern medical equipment, this air ambulance has been designed by the best minds in the medical industry. It also hosts one of the very few Ebola testing facilities that exist today.

How Does the Air Ambulance Ensure Crew Safety?

Ebola is not spread through air. One can contract the disease only if he or she comes in contact with the bodily fluids of the infected person such as blood and other fluids. The air ambulance is designed to completely contain the Ebola suspects and patients in isolation, keeping rest of the crew safe. The crew has a separate area where they can change into “moon suits” before treating the patients inside the containment area. There is even a specially designed toilet exclusively for the patient. The air ambulance is filled with medical equipment with every inch being used in the most efficient manner. The air ambulance is capable of handling the various bodily reactions that Ebola virus is known to trigger.

The Gulfstream air ambulance is owned by Air and is playing a major role in protecting American citizens helping out in Ebola-affected areas around the globe.

Canadian Air Ambulance Service Raises $974,869.77 in a Day!

Reaching the remote Canadian areas for medical rescue is not an easy task but still it remains one of the most important elements in the efficacy of the country’s healthcare system. An air ambulance service plays a major role in the whole chain of this rescue. STARS or Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society that functions through Saskatchewan and Alberta is one such air ambulance service. This non-profit air ambulance service has been helping the critically injured and ill for several years now. However, like all non-profit organizations, raising the money is always a concern. What sets this air ambulance service apart is its innovative method of raising money. The air ambulance service calls this “CEO Rescue,” which has generated $974,869.77 in a day this year.

Unique Fundraiser by the non-profit Air Ambulance Service: CEO Rescue

This year, STARS partnered with some of the most influential business leaders and took them to a location in  where they were left stranded. The participants were given a few survival tasks which they had to perform in the remote location. The only way out for the business leaders was to raise $100,000 each using their cell phones only. The event went on for the entire day resulting in this whopping one-day collection. The CEOs enjoyed their day out in the wilderness under sun and rain, while performing the survival tasks as well as raising money.

STARS Air Ambulance Service has Conducted the Event since 2010

The air ambulance service has so far raised about $4 million through this annual event so far. The annual event has helped STARS provide specialized emergency transportation and care to the general public in Canada. The top-ranking officials of organizations like Encana, Trilogy Energy, AltaLink and Petroleum Services Association of Canada had participated this year. The CEO and president of STARS air ambulance service, Andrea Robertson, expressed gratitude by saying, “We cannot thank our participants enough.”

The air ambulance service operates from bases in places like Grande Prairie, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Calgary and Regina.

These Models Raise Money and Heat for Air Ambulance Transport

The lovely ladies from Devon, Somerset, and Wiltshire of United Kingdom have set everyone’s pulse racing this season with their new Foxy Hunters Calendar 2015. These models have shed all their clothes, except a few horse-riding gears. Yes, horse-riding gears! These slim ladies are not your regular bikini models. They are in fact horse-riding professionals from the country, although you can call them armatures when it comes to facing the camera. These kind-hearted ladies have come forward to donate the proceeds from the calendar to the regional air ambulance transport companies.

Why Choose an Air Ambulance Transport Company for Charity?

Often, the horse riders are exposed to extreme dangers due to fatal falls and timely treatment can mean the difference between life and death. Recognizing the role of the air ambulance transport in their safety, the ladies have decided to give it “their all” this season. Recently, a member of their horse-riding squad was saved by air ambulance transport after a horse riding accident. The Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance crew were part of the rescue. The Foxy Hunters Calendar has so far raised 25,000 pounds for air ambulance transport this year and is expected to raise more money in the days to come.

The Ladies have a History of Helping Air Ambulance Transport

Foxy Hunters Calendar has been an annual feature since the past six years and was first conceived by photographer David Betteridge in the year 2009. Every year, the proceeds have been passed on to Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance. Laura Quick who was a part of the shoot said the girls had quite a giggle during the shoot and that helping the air ambulance transport was their ultimate aim in posing for the camera. Photographer, David Betteridge, has covered several horse-riding events in his career. Being aware of the risks involved, he was glad to lend a helping hand for the cause of raising money for air ambulance transport. The Foxy Hunters Calendar 2015 is priced at 12.5 pounds and is available at www.foxyhunters.co.uk. The calendars have been selling like hot cakes so far.

Medical Air Services Flush out Imposter, John M. Dial

A man from Skaneateles, named John M. Dial, was caught using forged identifications to offer medical air services as a pilot and fly choppers meant for news agencies. The imposter pleaded guilty to identity theft in California federal court recently. The authorities revealed that the man used his former colleague’s identity to obtain a medical air services pilot’s job in New York. Dial had even created a fake passport. The former military pilot had assumed at least 24 fake names before.

Dial’s Prolific Faking History in Medical Air Services

Dial had successfully managed to keep the authorities at FAA in the blind. In order to work for a Californian medical air services company, he had produced falsified documents and also made false statements in June of 2011. The prosecutor revealed Dial was previously convicted for intentionally making wrong statements to FAA in 1994, a full 35 years ago. Here, he had submitted forged student pilot certificate as well as medical certificate to FAA. Dial is believed to have flow a chopper providing medical air services 63 times from July to November of 2011. He had even flown a television chopper twice for a station in Sacramento in March of 2012.

Authorities Caught Up with the Fake Medical Air Services Pilot

Dial had produced fake Vermont driver’s license when stopped in Cascade, Idaho. However, the alert police learnt his true name and found that he had 2 felony warrants outstanding in his name in Washington. On search of his vehicle, police found he was using two identities and arrested him. Dial then jumped bail and was finally traced to Finger Lakes by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It took several departments to work in tandem to trace Dial. US DoT, Inspector General’s office, US Secret Service, and FBI were involved. Also the police departments of Idaho, Cascade, and McCall had taken part in the investigation. Dial faces imprisonment of 2 years and fine of $25,000.