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UK Celebrates National Air Ambulance Week

UK Celebrates National Air Ambulance Week

Today marked a great start to the first day of National Air Ambulance Week 2012 (NAAW 2012) in the United Kingdom.

Air ambulance services all across the UK will be participating in the awareness campaign which runs until September 30. Some of the air medical services involved in NAAW 2012 will be holding various fundraising events for the public, such as “fly-ins” where residents can see their local air ambulance land and take off.

Events like these also present a great opportunity for locals to actually meet the air ambulance crews who regularly risk their own lives to save lives in their community.

As there are so many air ambulance services in the country whose critical, life-saving air medical operations are fueled entirely by charitable contributions from the public, with no direct government or lottery funding, National Air Ambulance Week is an especially important time of year. Emergency air medical services in the United Kingdom are always in need of financial support to keep their air ambulances flying.

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Charity Money for Air Ambulance Stolen from Pub

Charity Money for Air Ambulance Stolen from Pub

This is one of those stories that just turns your stomach while reading. I’ve seen far too many stories like this one over the past few years (although even one is too many).

Once again, yet another sizable chunk of money has been stolen from an air ambulance charity in the UK.

Approximately 5000 GBP in cash (just about $8000 USD) that by all rights should go to the Dorset and Somerset air ambulance services has ended up in the hands of some two-bit thieves once again.

According to the article in This is Somerset, a pub called the Black Horse had been raising funds for the air ambulance charity in a re-used water cooler jug. Out of the goodness of their hearts, the pub’s regulars had been depositing cash to support the air ambulance in the bottle over the past year.

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Air Ambulance Weekly is Now Air Medical Net

Air Ambulance Weekly is Now Air Medical Net

It’s official, Air Ambulance Weekly is now AirMedical.net. We hope we can continue to bring even greater articles and content to you from our new home. We also hope you’ll pardon our dust as we make sure the transition has gone without a hitch. If you do find any errors on our new site, please feel free to send us an e-mail and let us know!

What is Air Medical Net?

Air Medical Net (AirMedical.net) is a bi-weekly online magazine dedicated to discussing the latest news, topics, and issues facing professionals in the air medical transportation field. Readers of Air Medical Net are highly encouraged to follow us, get social, and add to the discussion with their knowledge and opinions.

Our blog provides a wide range of essential reading for pilots, air ambulance crews, as well as prospective users of air ambulance/medical charter services.

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Soldier in Critical Condition After 4,000ft Fall in Skydiving Training Exercise

Soldier in Critical Condition After 4,000ft Fall in Skydiving Training Exercise

A soldier who apparently lost control during a sky dive in Canada is in critical condition after being transported by air ambulance to Foothills Hospital. Amazingly — unbelievably– after falling from an altitude of 4,000 feet, the soldier survived.

An air ambulance service was called to the scene at Beiseker Airport, north-east of Calgary. The man had hit the ground hard after falling thousands of feet following a loss of control in the air.

Initial reports claimed that the soldier’s parachute had malfunctioned. However, the newest information says that the soldier lost control while trying to execute a 360 degree turn in the air as part of the training.

When he tried to execute the turn, the maneuver somehow turned into an out-of-control spin.

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Stroke Patient Who Received $58K Transport Last Year Gets Bill Lowered, Paid For

Stroke Patient Who Received $58K Transport Last Year Gets Bill Lowered, Paid For

This article is a follow-up on a story we blogged about on Air Ambulance Weekly back in September 2011.

That month, a stroke patient in South Carolina received a bill for $58,477 for an air ambulance transport in a widely-talked about story that made national headlines.

After arriving at the nearest medical center by ambulance, a specialist spoke to the patient over a video link explaining that he should get to a stroke specialist in Charlotte as quickly as possible – or he could potentially develop a “brain bleed” and die.

Furthermore, the hospital called upon a helicopter company from Conway – essentially on the other side of the state – to transport the man, when there were other air ambulance companies much closer.

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