Medical Flight Staff Honored with Award for Saving Man’s Life

Two air ambulance staff members have been recognized with a prestigious award after they helped save the life of a man who suffered a cardiac arrest. Dr. Ali Husain, an air ambulance doctor, and Jenny Conway, a critical care paramedic for a medical flight were presented with the Excellence in Community award from the West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Award to Recognize the Staff’s Role in Saving Cardiac Arrest Patient

The Excellence in Community award was given to the two staff members to recognize their clinical skills as well as all round team work. It was in recognition to their efforts in saving the life of a man in his 40s, who had collapsed at a rugby club in Coventry. The man had been suffering a cardiac arrest. With the crew’s quick-thinking and life-saving action, the man was able to make a good recovery.

The Excellent in Community award is just one of the several excellence awards given out by West Midlands Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust. The air ambulance’s Director of Operations, Richard Clayton, has expressed how proud they are of the medical flight team that received the award.

Medical flight Team’s Access to Critical Care Equipment Helps in Saving Lives

The air ambulance team has been able to provide critical pre-hospital care to patients on-board their aircraft. The doctors and paramedics have access to drugs and equipment to be used for critical care and are normally only available at the hospital emergency. This highly-trained team was able to make use of the necessary equipment to help save the man’s life.

The charity does not receive government funding and survives mainly on donations from the generous public. They have to raise an additional £200,000 every year to ensure that their operations run smoothly.

Wales Air Ambulance Acquires New Custom-Built Medical Flight Helicopter

Wales Air Ambulance is planning to set up a new fleet of medical flight helicopters that have been custom built. And they have just taken possession of the first helicopter for this fleet. The helicopter is an advanced Airbus H145 model and has been customized with upgrades for their service. Two more helicopter upgrades will be introduced within this year in order to enhance their operations.

Wales Air Ambulance to have the Largest H145 Fleet in the UK

Wales Air Ambulance joins two other UK-based helicopter emergency medical services in using the H145 aircraft for their operations. And if everything goes as planned and the two other helicopters are operational, the fleet will become the largest H145 fleet in the UK. Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore will be operating the fleet on behalf of Wales Air Ambulance.

New Helicopter Equipped with Enhanced Capabilities for Better Medical Flight

The H145 helicopters have the capability to carry out nighttime flights. This means the new fleet will help Wales Air Ambulance in fulfilling their goal of providing their service for 24 hours. In addition to night flying capabilities, the aircraft also has more powerful engines and larger cabin space. This means the helicopters will be able to carry out longer flights without the need to refuel. And there will be room for paramedics to carry out treatments.

These enhanced features will be able to improve the quality of medical flight provided by the charity. With continued fundraising efforts, Wales Air Ambulance will soon achieve the goal of providing 24-hour service to residents in the South Wales region. Two more H145 helicopters will replace the existing helicopters owned by the charity. But the fourth will remain an H135 dedicated to neonatal and pediatric care as well as adult transfers across Wales.

UCX MedFlight to Launch Global Air Ambulance Services

US-based air ambulance company UCX MedFlight has made an announcement that they will be launching global air ambulance services. In their announcement, they stated that this launch will cause a “disruption” to the fixed-wing air ambulance industry. They’re set to bring the much-needed changes to the industry. The launch is expected to take place in February of next year.

UCX MedFlight to Address Needs of Fixed-Wing Air Ambulance Industry

According to UCX MedFlight, the fixed-wing air ambulance industry is in dire need of changes that will “disrupt” the status quo. Their organization intends to bring about these changes with fresh ideas and new technology. They intend to be pioneers in developing the current standing of global air ambulance services.

In a statement made by the firm, UCX MedFlight talked about how the fixed-wing air ambulance industry is currently stuck following old routines that are inefficient. They also talked about how the technologies being used in the industry are dated and no longer reliable. The industry has a long history of unreliability, which has resulted in the frustration of patients and their families as well as caregivers and hospital case managers.

The unreliability of the fixed-wing air ambulance industry also affects travel assistance companies and insurance companies as well. Non-transparent billing services, lack of customer service, and inconsistency in training are inherently common in the industry. And UCX MedFlight aims to change that.

Better Global Air Ambulance Services with UCX MedFlight

The UCX MedFlight team has described themselves as one of the most trusted companies in the air ambulance industry. Compared to others in the fixed-wing air ambulance industry, they will be able to fly faster and father for lesser cost. The company is set for rapid expansion and intends to increase their staffing extensively by February 2019.

New Zealand Starts Trial for Centralized Medical Flight Dispatch

New Zealand has made an attempt to centralize the dispatch and co-ordination of air ambulance helicopters. The centralized medical flight dispatch began on 20 February and the trial will last for two years. Depending on the success of this trial, the centralization will continue to be implemented. The announcement of the trial was made by St. John, an emergency responder charity.

Government Funds Trial

The trial of a centralized air ambulance dispatch has been made possible through funds from the nation’s Ministry of Health along with the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). The project will cost an estimated NZ $591,000. It is a joint operation between St. John and other medical flight providers such as Air Rescue Group and Wellington Free Ambulance.

Well-Trained Staff to Oversee Centralized Medical Flight Dispatch

The dispatch and co-ordination will take place at an Air Desk, where a pair of clinical support officers will oversee the operations. The CSOs are all well-trained paramedics at an intensive care level. Six staff members have been appointed for the role and each of them have an experience in the air sector. St. John has made sure to appoint CSOs with air sector experience because their goal is to dispatch the most ideal aircrafts for certain incidents.

For example, the nearest available air ambulance helicopter may not be the right helicopter for transporting a patient. So the Air Desk staff will closely evaluate each incident to determine the right aircraft for the job. The Air Desk will be available 15 hours a day throughout the week. Its base will be located in Auckland Clinical Control Centre. From this base, the staff will assess calls and ensure that the appropriate aircraft and crew will reach the scene of an accident or medical emergency.

Thieves Break Into Medical Flight Headquarters in Lincolnshire

The headquarters of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance was the target of burglars in the early mornings of February 16. Charity workers at the headquarters condemned the actions of the thieves, who smashed a window in an attempt to enter the office building. The incident took place at around 4:20 AM in Bracebridge Heath, where the medical flight offices were located.

Burglars Fled After Alarm Went Off

From what can be observed, the burglars seem to have fled after hearing the alarms, which went off when they broke the window. Aside from the broken window, there are no further damages to the property. But according to Sally Crawford, the charity’s Deputy Chief Executive, the money spent on repairs should have gone towards saving lives.

For each mission, the medical flight charity has to spend around £2,100 and their aircraft completes an average of three missions in one day. The annual cost of operations and maintenance is around 2.1 million, which the charity has to raise from scratch in order to keep saving lives. So they need to see to it that every penny goes towards their operations.

Discounted Repairs of Medical Flight Headquarters

The charity managed to have the windows fixed at a discounted price. While the actual cost would have been £250, the repairs were done for £70 because they’re a charity. Crawford expressed her concern over people wanting to rob a charity organization. She also further expressed her disappointment towards having to spend valuable money from the public on repairs rather than what it’s meant for.

The assumption is that it was an opportunity attack, since the charity does not keep their money on the site. Crawford said that it’s disappointing how people would choose to break into an office that provides real life-saving services.

Bill to Prevent Huge Medical Flight Bills Gets the Go-Ahead

Over the past few weeks, lawmakers in Montana had been discussing a bill that would prevent medical flight patients from getting huge air ambulance bills. On February 3, the Senate committee decided to advance the bill, which would ensure that patients would no longer receive massive charges from air ambulance providers who aren’t within their insurance network.

Unanimous Approval of the Bill

The committee unanimously gave their approval to the amendment and set it to the full Senate. According to this legislation, the air ambulance provider and the insurance company will have to come up with an agreement if there’s any dispute regarding the cost and coverage of services even if the provider isn’t within the company’s network. The patients will only have to pay charges on deductibles, co-payments, and co-insurance, thus preventing thousands of dollars in air ambulance fees.

Bill Outlines Process for Determining Fair Cost of Medical Flight

The Senate Bill 44 also outlines the process of determining the fair market value of services rendered by air ambulance providers. An independent reviewer will be responsible for analyzing the extent of training and the composition of the air ambulance crew. The reviewer will also take into account other factors like the usual charge for a medical flight and the usual acceptable amount paid for such services in the state.

Patients who had received exorbitant air ambulance charges testified in a legislature hearing, after which the bill was put on hold until the affected parties came to an agreement amongst themselves. The main complaint for for-profit air ambulance providers was that insurance companies do not cover their costs. For the insurance companies, failure to discuss costs by air ambulance providers was a big issue as they faced a problem fixing a reasonable reimbursement rate.

Midlands Celebrates 25 Years of Lifesaving Medical Flight Work

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has been celebrating 25 years of their lifesaving work throughout the last 12 months. For their celebrations, the charity decided to launch a year-long campaign to raise funds for their operations. The Lye-based organization’s “Air25” campaign has been its most publicly supported charity campaign to date. All the funds raised will go into supporting their medical flight missions.

Charity Events Help Raise Funds for Midlands

The “Air25” campaign included a host of fundraising events such as a birthday garden party, which took place at Hagley Hall and had the Countess of Wessex attending. All of the events during their 25th anniversary year campaign saw more than 42,000 participating. Midlands managed to raise £250,000 in the campaign and will be able to execute 100 medical flight missions using these funds.

Midlands also made a public appeal to their former crews and patients, which helped in making the campaign a success. Some former members of the original “Air5” air ambulance even got in touch to tell their stories and support the charity’s 25th anniversary campaign. The air ambulance charity took the opportunity to highlight their 25 years of lifesaving work across the Midlands. They raised awareness amongst the public about how the charity has impacted people’s lives during those 25 years of operations.

Help from Medical Flight’s Corporate Partners

For their “Air25” corporate partners, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity worked with Midland Expressway. The company supported the charity in their fundraising efforts to help them raise enough funds for carrying out 100 air ambulance missions.

Despite “Air25” being a great success, it served as a reminder for its corporate partner of the need for on-going fundraising to fund the charity’s operations. During their year-long “Air25” campaign, Midlands Air Ambulance carried out missions for more than 2,000 people with each mission costing them £2,500.

Bill Aims to Lessen the Burden of Huge Medical Flight Bills for Air Ambulance Patients

Lawmakers in Montana had a first look at a bill aimed at preventing air ambulance patients from being charged thousands of dollars despite having insurance. According to the terms of Senate Bill 44, health insurers will be required to pay the charges for an out-of-network air ambulance. The bill is facing opposition from insurance companies, who say that it won’t prevent medical flight providers from overcharging.

Emotional Testimonies From air Ambulance Patients

The Montana Legislature on January 10 heard emotional testimonies from air ambulance patients who had been overcharged for an air ambulance simply because it was an out-of-network provider. Megan and Tanner Duncan testified about an air ambulance charge of almost $48,000 for transporting their infant son to a Children’s Hospital in Seattle.

Another woman said that she received an air ambulance bill for nearly $57,000 to transport her husband. And the bill was sent only after he died. Many of the patients who testified had expressed their surprise from receiving such bills because they had believed they were covered for a medical flight by their insurance companies.

No Representatives from Medical Flight Providers

The Senate hearing did not see any testimony from representatives of the air ambulance providers in Montana. One representative from an organization representing these providers did speak out during the hearing and expressed their support of the bill. This could be because it doesn’t affect them and only requires insurers to pay a majority of the air ambulance charges, with patients only needing to pay deductibles and copays.

Insurance companies like Pacific Source Health Plans and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, on the other hand, are opposing the bill. According to them, the bill will allow for-profit providers to charge whatever they want. This means insurers will have to pay exorbitant rates and then increase the premiums for everyone getting insurance from them.

Record Year for Florida’s Medical Flight Program

2016 was a record year for the Trauma Star medical flight program, ending with the transportation of four critically-injured patients over the holiday weekend. The patients were transported from the accident site in the Lower Keys to a trauma center in Miami. They had been in a fatal, head-on collision and required emergency medical attention.

Trauma Star Breaks Previous Record

Including the accident, which happened on December 30, Trauma Star ended up transporting 528 patients during 2016 alone. This means an excess of 131 patients compared to 2015, when they had set a record of 397.

Out of the 528 patients transported by the medical flight program, 114 of them were trauma patients, 18 were heart attack patients, and 17 were stroke patients. And 378 patients were flown for inter-facility transportation for life-saving treatment. Additionally, Life Flight also flew one patient as first response, taking them to Dry Tortugas.

Medical flight Proves to be Vital for the Keys

Jim Callahan, Monroe County Fire Chief stated that Trauma Star provides vital medical service for the Keys, having saved the lives of many residents and visitors. And the December 30 incident further proved the necessity of their service. The Fire Rescue units reached the scene of the accident and extricated some victims from the vehicles.

Trauma Star then transported two of the patients to a hospital in Miami. Afterwards, it returned to the Lower Keys Medical Center, where the other two victims had been taken. These two victims were then transported by the service to a Miami hospital.

The joint program was started by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Monroe County Fire Rescue. It provides emergency flight services to those in need in the region and comprises of a staff of highly-skilled paramedics, pilots, and critical care nurses. Since it started its operations, the program has transported 2,745 people for emergency medical care.

Praises from the Queen of England for Medical Flight Crew at East Anglican Air Ambulance

In her annual Christmas message, the Queen of England has personally praised the dedication of the staff and medical flight crew at East Anglican Air Ambulance. The speech was a way for Her Majesty to pay tribute to people who inspire the nation. And she took care to highlight the work done by the air ambulance charity’s Cambridge-based crew.

A visit from the Queen

Earlier in 2016, the Queen of England paid a visit to the East Anglican Air Ambulance base located at Cambridge Airport. The purpose of the visit was for the Queen to inaugurate the air ambulance charity’s new base. During the visit, Her Majesty was accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip. And they were taken on a tour around the new headquarters by Her Majesty’s grandson, Prince William, who has been a pilot for the East Anglican Air Ambulance for more than a year.

Queen Thanks Medical Flight Crew in Televised Message

The Queen’s Christmas message was broadcast to the whole nation on Christmas. She took the time to talk about her visit to the air ambulance base. Her Majesty mentioned how she was moved by the hard work and dedication of the highly-skilled medical flight crew – comprising of doctors, paramedics and pilots. She even talked about how these dedicated people get called out five times a day on average, providing valuable life-saving services to those in need.

While she talked about the work of the East Anglican Air Ambulance, footage of her visit was shown. Her Majesty stated that we cannot solve global problems on our own but we can make a positive impact through collective effort. She also took the time to praise people who win sporting medals and those who impress through quiet dedication.