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.

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.

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.

Hours of Medical Flight Operations to Be Extended for Cornwall Air Ambulance

After Yorkshire Air Ambulance decided to extend their hours of operations, Cornwall Air Ambulance has followed suit. The air ambulance will be available for medical flight operations for longer hours every day. These extended hours are currently under a 12-month trial period and the charity will choose to either continue or discontinue with it depending on how well it performs.

Additional Shift to be Covered by Two Paramedics

As of now, the charity’s helicopter crew is available on call for 12 hours a day from 7:30 AM till 7:30 PM. Even if the weather is too bad for the helicopter to fly, they still respond to emergencies using their critical care cars. The medical flight crew will continue to be on call during the same timeframe even under the new trial.

But in addition to this, there will be an additional shift that will be covered by two critical care paramedics. These paramedics will respond to medical emergencies between 6:00 PM and 2:00 AM by road between Wednesday and Sunday.

Trial of Extended Medical Flight Hours to Help Assess Demand

According to the charity’s chief executive, Paula Martin, their historical data has shown that there is a drop in demand for critical care emergencies after 7:30 PM. However, the charity has seen some examples in which serious incidents required emergency response outside of their normal hours of operations. The charity plans to help address medical transport need for these types of incidents.

The two paramedics will be using critical care cars, which carry advanced life-saving equipment just like their helicopters. By launching this trial period for extended hours of operations, Cornwall Air Ambulance hopes to be able to accurately assess the actual demand of critical care emergencies after their normal hours of operations.

Florida-Based Medical Flight Team Provides Assistance to Puerto Rico

REVA, the air ambulance company based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida has provided valuable service to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico. The medical flight team has been flying in relief supplies to San Juan and then transporting patients out of the city after it was hit by Hurricane Maria. Now that the REVA hangar in San Juan has been overhauled, the relief flights have been discontinued since Friday September 29.

Efforts Began with Three REVA Employees

The relief efforts began on Saturday September 23 when three employees of the company were flown from Fort Lauderdale to San Juan. Another two employees based in San Juan assisted them. They met a REVA Learjet that was carrying supplies such as canned foods, water, baby formula, diapers, soap, and sports drinks. These supplies were donated by REVA employees and the B’nai Torah congregation, based in Boca Raton.

The medical flight team set up a belt loader like the ones used in commercial flights. They then unloaded all the supplies onto the belt, storing them inside the only storage room remaining in the REVA hangar. This was the first relief supply mission out of a total of four carried out by REVA.

More Supplies Delivered by Medical Flight Team

On Monday September 25, the REVA team flew in to San Juan again with donations from REVA employees and some more supplies by the B’nai Torah congregation. These supplies included flashlights, solar fans, bug spray, and batteries along with basic medical supplies.

The next day, they loaded a dual-prop Cessna 402 with supplies to aid St. Thomas and Tortola in Virgin Islands. After their last trip on Friday, the team will carry out major rebuilding of the airport. The flight crew has also been transporting patients in need of medical treatment out of Puerto Rico and on the U.S. mainland.

Contest Launched to Find Name for New Medical Flight Helicopter

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has launched a competition so they can find a name for their new medical flight helicopter. The new aircraft is AW169 and has flown several missions already. Now the air ambulance charity wants to give it a name based on suggestions from the public.

More About the Aircraft

The new air ambulance helicopter became operational on June 12 and has carried out several missions for the charity. And within just a few hours of being on-line, it was used by the critical care team to respond to their first incident. It involved a cardiac arrest patient.

A Contest to Name New Medical Flight Helicopter

Now the charity has given the public an opportunity to help them name the new aircraft. And once the name has been chosen, it will be displayed prominently on the aircraft.

In order to participate, members of the public can submit their entries in which they explain what the helicopter is all about. And their entry should also talk about the important role the helicopter plays in delivering crucial medical transport service.

The other rules for submission are that entries shouldn’t be any more than 25 characters (with spaces) and submissions should be made only by post or email. Telephone or social media entries will not be accepted. And the contest submissions will be open till Friday, October 20.

The new name for the medical flight helicopter will be decided by a panel of judges on October 24. This panel will include the two patrons of the charity, Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Annie Maw and Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Angus Campbell. And the winner will be notified on October 27 with an invitation to an official event for the unveiling of the name.

Flight for Life Colorado Acquires New Medical Flight Helicopter for Pediatric Patients

Flight for Life Colorado has put a new medical flight helicopter in service for transporting pediatric patients. The helicopter has been specially outfitted for accommodating younger patients. This new addition to the Flight for Life Colorado fleet will enable them to provide even better service to residents of the Denver region.

Better Critical Care Medical Flight Service with New Helicopter

Flight for Life Colorado is a provider of critical care transport service in the Denver region. In 2016, they had made an announcement about their intention to acquire a new Airbus H130 T2, which will be dedicated for transporting pediatric patients. The newly-acquired medical flight helicopter will be exclusively used by the air ambulance’s team that’s based at Children’s Colorado.

The new helicopter will provide its transportation service to children within a 120-mile radius of the base. The Flight for Life Colorado pediatric air ambulance has a dedicated staff of nurses and respiratory therapists, who comprise of the air ambulance crew that’s based at Children’s Colorado. Since the aircraft is specially outfitted to accommodate pediatric patients, it’s expected to enhance the quality of service provided by Flight for Life Colorado to children in the service area.

More About Flight for Life Colorado

Flight for Life Colorado was a pioneer for critical care air transport based at hospitals since its establishment in 1972 at St. Anthony’s Hospital. The air ambulance provider and Children’s Colorado have worked closely together since 1997, according to a statement made by the Flight for Life Colorado director, Kathleen Mayer.

Their decision to station a dedicated helicopter at the hospital will enable them to strengthen their partnership and expand their service. The partnership will also enable both parties to provide exceptional care to pediatric patients in Denver.

Air Ambulance Receives Freemasons Grant to Buy Vital Medical Flight Equipment

The Hampshire and Isle of Wright Air Ambulance have received a grant of £4,000 from the Hampshire and Isle of Wright Freemasons. This makes the financial support given by the Freemasons to the nation’s air ambulance charities since 2007 a total of £2.1 million. The funds will help the air ambulance in purchasing vital equipment for their medical flight.

Air Ambulance Charity to Purchase Equipment Using the Grant

The grant will help fund the purchase of syringe drivers for the Hampshire and Isle of Wright Air Ambulance. The syringe drivers will help the air ambulance’s Critical Care Team in delivering critical care drugs to patients who are seriously ill. A syringe driver helps medical care providers in continuously administering drugs at a controlled rate to their patients.

The air ambulance’s medical flight team will be able to use the syringe drivers for providing intensive care transfers as well as cardiac support. Syringe drivers are especially crucial in administering anesthesia to patients with critical injuries or serious medical conditions. In these cases, they need to give a continuous infusion of anesthesia, which only a syringe driver can do.

They can also use the syringe drivers to infuse adrenaline for resuscitating cardiac arrest patients. And the equipment also enables medical care teams to transfer patients from one special unit to another while ensuring that they’re stable and asleep.

About the Medical Flight Charity

The Hampshire and Isle of Wright Air Ambulance provide critical care and advanced medical support to residents of the Hampshire and Isle of Wright regions. Since they began their operations back in 2007, the charity has managed to carry out more than 7,000 missions. In many cases, they were the main reason the patient’s life was saved. The charity currently requires more than £9,000 to carry out their life-saving services for a day.