New Reach Air Medical Service Helicopter to Cater to Montana Residents

REACH Air Medical Service has announced that a new type of helicopter will be serving the Bozeman, Montana region. Their Bozeman base will be provided with a new Airbus H125 helicopter to improve the quality of service in the region. They chose the model specifically to fulfil the service requirements in Montana.

New aircraft Offers Increased Safety

The new Airbus H125 is specifically suitable for service in Montana because it has high-reliability rates and is capable to fly in higher-altitude regions. The model also has safety features that make it ideal for service in the region. It is also customized to be used in air medical service, having the capacity to transport a three-person flight team along with the patient.

REACH has further enhanced the capability of the aircraft by equipping it with night-vision goggles and autopilot systems. The helicopter also has snow pads to increase landing safety during winters and advanced terrain awareness warning systems to improve navigation. All of these features will optimize the level of safety and quality of service provided by REACH.

These features are all crucial for providing better air transportation service to patients in rural regions. REACH Air Medical President, Sean Russell has stated that the new H125 will help them in better serving patients in need.

Aircraft to be Manned by Highly Skilled Air Medical Service Staff

In addition to the aircraft being heavily equipped with high-level features, it will also be operated by a team of highly-skilled paramedics and pilots. REACH takes care to staff both of their Montana bases with highly-qualified teams. Both the Bozeman base and the Helena base have a 24/7 critical care transport team. This team comprises of a pilot, a flight paramedic, and a flight nurse. These highly-skilled clinicians are capable of providing ICU-level medical care to patients in need.

Access Credit Union Commits to Raising $350,000 for STARS Air Ambulance Service

After announcing their decision to raise funds for STARS Air Ambulance, Access Credit Union has since increased their commitment amount to $350,000, $100,000 higher than the announced commitment. The credit union will be working towards raising the amount within the next five years in order to support the air ambulance service.

Events Underway to Raise Funds

Access Credit Union has already organized a few events to begin their fundraising efforts. On September 14, they organized a charity golf tournament that raised $36,424. ACU also added a direct $25,000 boost to these funds.

Myrna Wiebe, COO of Access, also made a contribution of $61,424 from the recently-held event known as Rescue on the Island. As a result of all these efforts, the organization ended up writing a cheque for $95,534 for STARS Air Ambulance Service. This contribution is on top of the $250,000 five-year commitment made by the credit union.

STARS Air Ambulance Service was Chosen for its Valuable Contribution

According to Larry Davey, CEO of Access Credit Union, the organization chose to raise funds for STARS because of the valuable contribution the service has made for the communities they serve and for the Manitoba region. As a credit union, Davey stated that they’re compelled to invest in causes that result in better lives for their members.

STARS is a non-profit air ambulance charity that provides life-saving transportation service to critically ill or injured individuals. The charity requires $10 million for its annual operations, which is entirely funded by the public. In return, the service saves hundreds of lives each year. The service was able to fly 619 missions in Manitoba during 2016 alone.

Access Credit Union has been known for its contributions to charitable organizations. They were the first organization in Manitoba to have their logo displayed on a Manitoba STARS aircraft.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance Permitted to Provide Medical Flight Service at Night

The Civil Aviation Authority has granted permission to Yorkshire Air Ambulance to carry out their medical flight service operations at night. The approval was given after the air ambulance charity underwent an inspection to determine their capability to carry out night flights. They will now be able to extend their hours of operation.

Two Helicopters for Night Flights

Yorkshire Air Ambulance will be using their two helicopters – both Airbus H145 – to respond to incidents both during daytime and at night. During the weekdays, these helicopters will be in operation between 6AM and 12midnight. And on the weekends, they will operate till 10PM.

Crew members will be equipped with night-vision goggles, which they can use for the evening flights. They underwent several months of thorough training on Night Vision Imaging System flying.  According to the Director of Aviation, Captain Andy Lister, Yorkshire Air Ambulance was only granted permission for night flights after this lengthy training.

Night-Time Medical Flight Service to Begin Immediately

Yorkshire Air Ambulance will be able to start their night time operations immediately. Their crew will now be able to respond to incidents even after dark. This can be crucial especially during the winter, when the sun sets much earlier.

The NVIS goggles will help the pilots and navigational crew in identifying hazards or obstructions during flight and landing. Each of their medical flight service helicopters will also have two paramedics onboard. They too will be trained to wear and use the NVIS goggles. According to Captain Lister, all crew members of the charity will likely have NVIS operations approval by the end of October.

Night vision technology has already been utilized by other air ambulance charities in England such as the East Anglican Air Ambulance and the Great North Air Ambulance.

Air Ambulances in the UK Celebrate National Air Ambulance Week

The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) celebrated National Air Ambulance Week between 11th September and 17th September. In addition to this, the AAA also celebrated the 30th anniversary of medical helicopter services in the U.K. The first ever air ambulance helicopter began its operations in April 1987 in Cornwall.

Massive Improvements in Quality of Service During 30 Years

Since the first air ambulance helicopter started flying in the U.K. 30 years ago, several developments have been made to improve the quality of service provided. These life-saving services have made investments to expand their operations, upgrade to bigger aircrafts, extend their hours of operations, and enhance their medical capabilities.

Some of these improvements include carrying blood for emergency blood transfusions and using night vision technology to fly at night. During 2016, these air ambulances operated 39 helicopters and raised £162 million. They were able to fly an average of 20,500 flights every year.

Events Organized to Celebrate NAAW by Air Ambulances

Local charities, along with the air ambulance charities, organized several events and initiatives to celebrate National Air Ambulance Week 2017. The goal is to raise awareness about the valuable service provided by these emergency helicopter services and to generate funds that will help them in their operations.

They executed a social media campaign known as “Pie in the Sky”. For this initiative, members of the public had to post a video on social media where they’re taking a pie in the face. In the video, they also have to pledge a donation and then nominate three other people to take the same initiative.

As part of the NAAW celebrations, four air ambulance charities based in London and the eastern parts of England came together to raise awareness. Their efforts helped in raising awareness about the pre-hospital care they provide to patients in need.

Air Ambulance Company in Hawaii to Acquire Only Competition: Possible Spike in Air Ambulance Services Fees

Air Medical Group Holdings Inc., which controls one of two air ambulance services in Hawaii, is planning to buy out its only competition. This could likely result in a monopoly of medical transportation in the islands. The firm currently owns Hawaii Life Flight and is intending to buy American Medical Response, which owns AMR Air Hawaii.

Reduction in Competition Likely to Increase Prices

The two companies are signing a $2.4 billion deal in which AMR Air Hawaii and Hawaii Life Flight will be controlled by Air Medical Group Holdings Inc. This means there’s no more competition for the company and this will likely increase the cost of air ambulance services in Hawaii.

According to state Rep. Angus McKelvey, this new acquisition can lead to serious ramifications in which healthcare consumers will be put at a disadvantage. Air ambulance is a lifeline service for residents in the islands and those who need to be transported by planes and helicopters are often in critical situations. If there’s any interruption in that lifeline it could be highly devastating for families.

How Expensive Could Air Ambulance Services Get

Hawaii Life Flight was on the receiving end of a lawsuit filed last year by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. The lawsuit claimed that the air ambulance company was charging exorbitant fees for their services and cost significantly higher than services rendered by AMR Air Hawaii.

There’s a difference of several thousand dollars between the fees charged by the two services for similar flights, with AMR Air Hawaii’s fees being much lower. In December 2013, an emergency flight from Hilo to Oahu by Hawaii Life Flight cost a total of $70,580. Their base rate for the flight was $16,411 with a $219 charge for each mile. This means there was a mileage cost of $54,139.

On the other hand, AMR Air Hawaii had been charging $14,000 for base rate and $25 for each mile. So the same flight would have cost around $20,000.

Devon Air Ambulance Celebrates 25 Years of Medical Flight Service

Devon Air Ambulance is celebrating its 25th year of service this month. Since it started in 1992, the service has completed close to 25,000 missions, saving tens of thousands of lives. The medical flight service celebrated this huge milestone on September 9 at Topsham with a family day and some emergency displays.

Son’s Death Compelled Founder to Start Medical Flight Service

Devon Air Ambulance was pioneered by Dr. Ann Ralli, who lost her son Ceri Thomas in a car accident on Sidbury Hill. He was only 18 years old then. It took an hour for the ambulance to transport Ceri to the hospital but by that time, it was too late for the doctors to save him. Dr. Ann Ralli then asked one of the doctors if there was anything that might have saved her son. The answer she got was “only an air ambulance”.

Upon further research, she realized that for people in rural areas, it was a huge challenge to transport patients to the hospital during “the golden hour”. This compelled her to start a medical flight service that will provide emergency medical patients with quick and efficient transportation to the hospital so that they can get the lifesaving care they need before it’s too late.

Six Years of Fundraising Helped start Devon Air Ambulance

It took Ann six years to raise enough money so that she could launch the much-needed service. And it cost her around £500,000 to set the service up. Now that Devon Air Ambulance operates two helicopters, the service needs to spend £5.5 million per year in operation and maintenance. The public has helped in funding the cost of maintaining the service, which has proven crucial in saving the lives of thousands of people every year.

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.

Exeter College Breaks Record with £21000 Raised for Air Ambulance Service

Devon Air Ambulance Trust has received a check worth more than £21,000, which was raised by students and staff at Exeter College. The college has broken a record as this is the most that has ever been raised for a college charity. They also managed to exceed their target to raise funds for their local air ambulance service.

Fundraising Target Exceeded by Exeter College

The staff and students at Exeter College had initially set a goal to raise at least £15,000 for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. They began their efforts from September 2016, during which the entire college participated in organizing a wide variety of events. They were able to raise funds through the annual Festival of Carols in addition to traditional fundraising activities such as bake sales and fairs.

In addition to this, they also took on cycle challenges and sponsored skydives all in an attempt to help raise funds for their local air ambulance service. The Exeter College Student Representative Committee played a huge role in organizing the fundraising events. The SRC comprises of students who have been elected as representatives of their student body. As a result of their efforts, they have managed to raise a total of £21,313.

Cheque Presented to Air Ambulance Service

The Exeter College student and staff recently presented the cheque to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. According to the college’s Principal and Chief Execute John Laramy, this achievement proves how students at their college possess outstanding values and qualities. He also mentioned how these students have set a high bar for the next year.

Next year, Exeter College will be raising funds for another charity and has selected Mind as their chosen charity through popular vote. Mind is a charity that provides advice and support for those who are experiencing mental health issues.

New Helicopter to Improve Medical Flight Service of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

The new helicopter acquired by Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is now in service. With the new AgustaWestland 169 (AW169), the air ambulance team expects to provide better medical flight service due to more advanced features.

First AW169 to Provide Medical Flight Service in the UK

The new air ambulance helicopter is the first AW169 to be used in air ambulance operations in the U.K. And it’s a result of several years of development and planning by the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance team.

After an extensive evaluation process the air ambulance providers finally decided on the AW169. It is expected that the new aircraft will enable them to enhance the quality of service they provide to residents in the Dorset and Somerset regions.

New Aircraft Enables Easier Operation and Maintenance

According to Bill Sivewright, Chief Executive of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, the new helicopter was carefully selected with patient benefit as their top priority. And the capability and flexibility of the AWB169 fully met their criteria, which led to their decision.

The AW169 is also safer and it provides ease of maintenance and operations as a result of the advanced technologies it uses. As for the medical equipment used in the aircraft, it will be as comprehensive as the equipment used in their previous aircraft.

The main difference between the AW169 and the air ambulance’s previous helicopter is the cabin space. Since the new aircraft is more spacious, it’ll enable the critical care team to provide better medical attention and care to patients as they will have complete access to the patient. So even in case the patient needs any medical treatment or intervention en route, they can easily administer it.

Sivewright also said that the air ambulance has always strived for clinical excellence with their medical flight service. And a combination of their critical care team’s expertise along with the advanced capabilities of the new aircraft will enable them to achieve those goals.

Meducare Air Enters Agreement with Islands to Provide Coverage for Air Ambulance Service

Meducare Air has entered into an agreement with the Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island to provide country-wide membership coverage. As a result, residents of the two regions will have some assurance that they will be covered in case they ever require air ambulance service.

The Connection Between Meducare Air and AirMedCare Network

Meducare Air is a provider under the AMCN (AirMedCare Network), which is the largest network for air ambulance memberships in the country. Participating providers under AirMedCare Network expand across 39 states in which they have a total of more than 320 air medical bases. And these providers help patients with life-threatening illnesses or injuries with life-saving air ambulance service.

How Air Ambulance Service Under Meducare Air works

When Meducare Air transports an insured island resident with a serious illness or injury, the provider will work out a payment for the flight with your benefits provider. The same holds true for any participating provider under AirMedCare Network. And the coverage will apply for any response conducted within the Charleston County.

Whatever payment made by the patient’s benefits provider will be considered as full payment. This will tackle the issue of unexpected out-of-pocket charges that some air ambulance providers expect from insured patients. In case the patient is uninsured during the time of transport but have Meducare Air coverage, they will be billed the “Medicare Allowable Rate” by the Med-Trans Corporation.

Island residents can also upgrade to a full AirMedCare Network Membership, which will be provided at a discounted rate. With this membership, they will be able to get full coverage and there will be no restrictions in terms of insurance coverage and pickup location. This means even in case they end up requiring the service while travelling out of the county, they will still get coverage from Meducare Air.