This new video from the BBC, and its accompanying article, discuss the competition of the sixteen independent air ambulance services across England.
In particular, it looks at the competition of a national air medical service for the transport of child patients between hospitals.
Some air ambulance services in England have said that the re-branding of an existing charity as “The Air Ambulance Service” (the new name) have created confusion.
The Air Ambulance Service is an independent air ambulance charity that, like all air ambulance charities in England, is entirely funded by corporate and public donations. In addition to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, it also manages The Children’s Air Ambulance charity.
According to the BBC article/video, other air medical services have expressed concerns about how realistic The Air Ambulance Service’s plans are, as well as the potential impact on other HEMS/air medical services through competition.
After we blogged about the incident where an air ambulance hit a deer on the runway this week, another recent, unusual happening involving both an air ambulance and a hoofed grazing animal was brought to our attention.
Air Medical Net received an email (Thanks, Jason!) about a story that happened last year which somehow escaped our bloggers’ radar screens.
It was in the vicinity of Granite Creek, Colorado, last September when, according to an article published on Catholic Online, an air ambulance pilot on the job decided to take a detour to observe a herd of elk.
The incident was apparently reported to state authorities by hunters and wildlife watchers who were concerned when they saw what they observed to be a helicopter dipping out of the sky and buzzing a herd of elk several times.
A looming plan to slash EMS services in a Florida city has some first responders up in arms.
Firefighters in Largo are urging the city administration to stop supporting the new plan, which is intended to increase EMS efficiency and free up EMS resources for more serious emergency calls.
If they fail to persuade them, the changes will go into effect June 1, 2013.
The way the current EMS system works, most calls for medical assistance are automatically responded to. A team of 2-4 paramedics/firefighters respond to the scene to provide immediate assistance. An ambulance with two more paramedics is also dispatched to transport the victim to a medical facility, if needed. In almost all emergency situations, firefighters must be at the scene within 7.5 minutes.
Air ambulances are among a handful of specifically authorized aircraft that will be permitted to fly through a 10-mile wide no-fly zone surrounding the Mercedes-Benz Superdome during Super Bowl XLVII this Sunday.
Only certain commercial airliners that run on a regular schedule will be permitted to fly through the zone. Those airliners must also coordinate their flights with the FBI.
The aircraft to be permitted in the vicinity of the Superdome on Sunday are restricted to these specially authorized commercial airliners, military and law enforcement aircraft, and air ambulances.
The FAA clarified in an advisory last week that any aircraft entering the airspace over the Superdome and determined to pose an imminent security threat may be subject to the use of deadly force.
That most likely means missiles, seeing as F-15 Eagle fighter jets are expected to be present as part of the aerial defense forces for the game.
It would arguably catch even the most prepared air ambulance crew off-guard.
Last September, at an airport in Connecticut, an air ambulance jet on its way out of the country collided with a wild deer on the runway just as it was about to take off. The deer was killed; no one on board the air ambulance was hurt.
As one might expect given the circumstances, a law suit may now be in the works.
The deer apparently gained access to the airport through an unfenced section that passes through water. The trespassing animal, oblivious to the danger, wandered onto the runway where it was met by a Lear jet with a patient on board.
The ambulance had been taking off on an international transport to get the patient back home. It hadn’t yet left the ground at the time of the collision.