Entries by Air Ambulances UK

Trauma medics use 999 callers’ mobile phone camera to help most seriously injured people in the capital

Trauma paramedics
are using 999 callers’ mobile phone cameras to get ‘on-scene’ at serious incidents such as stabbings and road traffic collisions in seconds rather than
minutes. In the first
use of the technology in the capital for serious trauma incidents, paramedics
in the London Ambulance Service control room ask 999 callers’ to remotely access their smartphone cameras to quickly understand a patient’s injuries and help
decide if resources like London’s Air Ambulance are needed.

Dress code: air ambulance crew

Onboard each lifesaving mission is a crew consisting of a highly-skilled pilot and Critical Care Team, typically made up of specialist Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) doctors and paramedics, ready to attend to critically injured or ill patients at the scene of the emergency with their advanced medical expertise. Essentially, bringing the hospital to the patient when every second counts towards survival.

The pilot and Critical Care Team are required to wear a bespoke flight suit for their own safety and the safety of the patients they attend to.

Restart a Heart Day

Today marks Restart a Heart Day, an annual worldwide event to teach as many people as possible the lifesaving skill of CPR. Organisations all over the world will be coming together to support this important day. At the East Anglian Air Ambulance cardiac arrests account for over a quarter of the jobs they attend. Their mission is simple – they want to save more lives by minimising the impact of trauma and medical emergencies.