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.

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.

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.

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.

Medical Flight Service Company Cleared of Negligence in 2013 Crash

ORNGE, a medical flight service company based in Ontario has been cleared of negligence in the 2013 air ambulance crash that resulted in four deaths. An Ontario court judge ruled that the company’s failure to provide night vision goggles to their two pilots who were killed in the crash wasn’t negligence.

Charges Dismissed Under Canadian Labour Code

Justice Bruce Duncan had to dismiss all the three charges that were made against ORNGE based on Canadian Labour Code. The decision has triggered the need to take a critical look at the current safety regulations under which air ambulance providers in the country are governed. The judge explained that decisions need to be made objectively and in a dispassionate manner, as required by the law.

The judge went on to explain how it is unavoidable for the proceedings to appear technical and harsh. He then assured families and friends that the lives lost during the crash have not been forgotten. The people who died in the crash were all staff members of the medical flight service company.

Medical Flight Service Companies were not Required to Provide Visual Aids in 2013

Upon his dismissal of the two counts regarding the company’s failure to provide night vision goggles to their pilots, the judge explained that there were several reasons why no reasonable operator would have introduced visual aids in 2013. For instance, there was no requirement under Transport Canada and the use of visual aids was uncommon in Canada at the time.

In his 33-page decision, the judge also wrote that all the crew members had the capability to fly on instruments alone. Besides, there was also the life expectancy of S76s, which was involved in the crash and was already 30 years old at the time. As a reason for this, there was no justification for the public cost of retrofitting them.

Better Business Bureau Awards Georgia-Based Medical Flight Service with A+ Rating

Better Business Bureau has awarded Medway Air Ambulance, a Georgia-based medical flight service with an A+ rating. This new rating means the air ambulance meets the standards of trust set by BBB and provides customers with added confidence in their practices and service.

Medway Air Ambulance is also participating in the online logo linking program set up by the Better Business Bureau. This means that when people click on the BBB logo on the company’s website, they will be taken directly to the Reliability Report and Rating compiled by BBB. This report will help them get better information about the air ambulance and their practices.

Medway’s Focus to Provide Top-Quality Medical Flight Service

According to Medway Air Ambulance’s program director, Mark Chapman RN, the company’s focus has always been on providing their clients with safe transport and medical care. As a result of their outstanding report of providing high-quality service and compassionate care, Medway Air Ambulance has made a name as one of the best fixed wing air ambulance providers in the country.

Medway’s fleet comprises of state-of-the-art Learjets equipped with top medical equipment and operated by highly-trained medical personnel. The air ambulance provides neo-natal transport and medical flight service around the world. Their service runs throughout the year for 24 hours every day.

Accreditation from Reputable Organizations

Medway Air Ambulance has been accredited by Eurami and has been awarded a Gold Rating by ARGUS International. The company partners with all the major insurance companies and is capable of coordinating medical ground transportation for their patients to be transported to and from medical facilities. This means that Medway Air Ambulance takes care of all the necessary arrangements for their clients. The company has been in operation since 1987 and has been responsible for the safe transportation of patients and their families till today.

New North Platte Medical Flight Service Plane Takes Flight

The newest fixed-wing medical airplane to service North Platte took flight on Saturday, October 21. It was the same day that organizers were preparing to commemorate the new medical flight service plane with an open house. The crew attended to a patient who needed to be flown out from Great Plains Health.

Need for Medical Flight Service Anticipated Correctly by Air Methods

Air Methods had seen that there was a need for a fixed-wing medical fight plane in the region. The fixed-wing, PC-12 airplane joined the existing fleet of one medical helicopter in April of 2017. The call for service on the first day of it being in operation is proof that Air Methods had correctly anticipated the need for an extra aircraft, according to Air Methods spokesperson, Ryan Penrose.

With this new airplane, the crew will be able to reach cities much faster compared to a helicopter. While it would take them an hour to reach Denver by helicopter, the same trip would take only 45 minutes with the new fixed-wing airplane. The medical airplane will mostly be used for inter-hospital transfers while the helicopter will have more use in responding to emergency situations.

Aircraft to be Dispatched on Case-By-Case Basis

Despite their specific suitability, the medical flight service team will determine whether it would be better to send a fixed-wing aircraft or a helicopter for each case. When they receive a request, the Omaha dispatch center and the Denver control center will work together to see which paths and aircraft is the most suitable and available at the moment.

Patients who are transported on the new aircraft will be able to access all the high-quality medical equipment just like ICU patients do. The aircraft will also be able to transport any patient from premature babies to overweight adult patients.

CSI Aviation Receives Certification to Provide Medical Flight Service in Texas

CSI Aviation has made an announcement of a new certification they have received that will enable them to provide medical flight service in Texas. The Texas Department of State Health Services has certified the company to carry out critical care and specialty care flights in the state. CSI Aviation will be able to help save more lives of critically ill or injured patients in the region.

Medical Flight Service to be Part of Aviation Offerings CSI Aviation Provides

According to the company’s Vice President of Sales Marc Ramthun, CSI Aviation already operates in Texas and has had a long history of providing different types of aviation services in the state. Ramthun also stated that the company is excited to add medical care flight services to this long list of aviation services.

CSI Aviation also played an important role in aiding Texas after it was hit by Hurricane Harvey. The company’s subsidiary, Seeker Aircraft, used their fixed-wing light observation aircraft, a SB7L-360 to provide support to the state. The aircraft had a critical role to play in the post-hurricane search and rescue efforts as well as surveillance efforts.

CSI Aviation’s Fleet All Ready for Critical Care Flights

The company is all ready to begin its medical flight service in the Texas region. They have a dedicated fleet comprising of a King Air 200 and a King Air 300 to carry out the service. They have already equipped the aircrafts to transport critically ill or injured people.

CSI Aviation has used Spectrum Aeromed systems to equip the aircrafts they’re planning to use for the service. All flights will have a crew of certified medical care personnel on board. The crew will be responsible for administering essential medical care to patients who are being transported to a medical facility.