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.

New Base Opens in Moundsville for Medical Flight Service Helicopter

Healthnet Aeromedical Services has officially opened the new base for their medical flight service helicopter in Moundsville. This new Base 10 facility took 12 months of hard work to complete. Now the service would be able to help a lot more patients in getting the necessarily medical care on time.

New Base to Fulfil the High Demand of Medical Flight Service

The severe weather hitting the Ohio Valley has increased the number of medical emergencies in the region. Setting up the new base will help Healthnet Aeromedical in fulfilling their responsibilities much more effectively. The organization’s President and CEO, Clinton Burley has stated that they decided to invest in the new base because the community is in dire need of high-quality helicopter emergency service.

So they decided to start developing the space and turn it into a base for their helicopter, spending 12 months to complete it. They were finally able to officially open the doors of the new Base 10 facility on February 2.

First Not-for-Profit Medical Aircraft to Service the Area

According to Burley, there is already a for-profit medical aircraft servicing the area. And their medical flight service will be the first not-for-profit emergency helicopter that will be servicing the Northern Panhandle. Each of their flights will be properly equipped with specialized medications, blood, and plasma in addition to being operated by a critical care team.

The team will be using a twin-engine aircraft to run their operations. Burley also stressed on the fact that their organization is not for profit, which means that they will be providing their assistance to anyone in need regardless of the patient’s ability to pay for service. For this helicopter, the organization invested $6 million and made another significant investment for the base.

GNAAS Medical Flight Helicopter Targeted by Laser Strike

The Great North Air Ambulance crew has been put at risk after being targeted by laser strikes while they were returning to base after responding to a call. The incident took place at 5:49PM on January 14, while the helicopter was returning to Durham Tees Valley Airport. A laser beam was shone right into the cabin of the medical flight helicopter.

Pilot Warns Against the Dangers of Laser Strikes For Medical Flight Helicopters

GNAAS pilot, Captain Jay Steward has made a statement, warning against the dangers of laser strikes for helicopters. Laser strikes can temporarily blind the pilot, who can lose control of the aircraft. This could put the entire crew at risk. Earlier, a Wales Air Ambulance medical flight doctor experienced temporary blindness and eye damage after being targeted by a laser strike.

During this particular incident, the beam only hit the aircraft for a few seconds. As a result, none of the crew members experienced any eyesight damage. The charity’s aircraft has been a target of laser strikes for the fourth time since November 2016. They have filed a report about the incident to aviation authorities and the police.

GNAAS Urges Public to Report Any Suspected Culprits

Captain Steward also urges the public to call the police in case they see anyone recklessly using a laser pen or if they have video evidence. He also stated that laser strikes are a serious offence. In a recent incident, a man was in jail for 20 weeks for attacking a police helicopter with a laser strike.

There is a new bill being currently considered by the U.K Parliament so that there will be tougher punishments for people who have committed laser strikes. The Laser Misuse Bill, if passed, will ensure that people who have threatened aircraft safety would face a maximum jail term of five years along with unlimited fines.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Three New Medical Flight Helicopters Added to Mercy Flight Fleet

Mercy Flight will be able to enhance the quality of their service after upgrading their fleet with three new medical flight helicopters from Bell. The medical care provider will also benefit from the approval it received from Washington to operate under bad weather using instrument flight rules. These three new helicopters will be replacing the older helicopters they’re currently using.

New Helicopters to Replace Older Medical Flight Helicopters

Mercy Flight currently operates four older helicopters, which are getting costly to maintain. The three new helicopters will eventually replace these older choppers. Mercy Flight had to borrow $23 million to purchase these new helicopters. The first one is expected to begin operating in late spring of 2018.

The new helicopters purchased by Mercy Flight can fly faster than the older ones. Their vibration is also milder, which will be more comfortable for patients. The new models are fully equipped to provide the same level of care as provided in emergency rooms. The crew will be able to give blood transfusions to not just one but two patients at a time.

As a result of this high-end equipment and upgraded machinery, the new helicopters will be able to help the Mercy Fight crew in saving more lives. The medical flight crew will be able to ensure that patients have a better chance of survival, as well as prep them for surgery immediately after their arrival at a hospital.

Combination of High-End Helicopters and Skilled Crew to Save More Lives

Mercy Flight helicopters are operated by a team of highly-skilled medical crew. A combination of their expertise and the high-end helicopter functionality is expected to be highly beneficial for patients. Since the crew will now be able to administer blood transfusions to more than one person at a time, they won’t have to decide which patient to prioritize.

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.