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Alberta Health Services Adds Third Communications Center to Solacom System

Alberta Health Services Adds Third Communications Center to Solacom System

AHS updates Solacom NG9-1-1 call taking equipment with enhanced disaster recovery, and expands province-wide system to include call taking positions in Calgary

Solacom Technologies announced that the Guardian Next Generation 9-1-1 system, installed in Edmonton four years ago by Alberta Health Services, is being expanded to host 21 call taking positions at a third Emergency Medical Services (EMS) dispatch center in Calgary. The system was first expanded two years ago to host 10 call taker positions operating remotely at the AHS dispatch center in Peace River.

In addition, the original Guardian controller in Edmonton will be enhanced adding Geo-diverse capabilities providing greater system resiliency throughout the province which can seamlessly take over call processing for all positions at the 3 locations – offering a high degree of protection against a natural or man-made disaster taking down part or all of the AHS call taking network.

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NPR Interview with Female Doctor Who Brought Air Ambulance to Nigeria

NPR Interview with Female Doctor Who Brought Air Ambulance to Nigeria

National Public Radio has just posted a great interview on their site with Dr. Orekunrin, the female doctor and helicopter pilot who brought air ambulance service to the nation of Nigeria. It was a feat some had seen as improbable, if not impossible.

A “flying doctor” herself, Dr. Orekunrin proved that she had the skills and dedication to make Flying Doctors Nigeria a reality. FDN and Dr. Orekunriun has been mentioned before on this site, but this interview, as well as some other reading I’ve done recently, proves that the organization deserves a closer look. Hopefully, we will have more information or an interview with them ourselves in the near future.

In the meantime, you can read the full NPR interview, where Michel Martin talks with her about her experience creating Flying Doctors Nigeria. It’s good reading for everyone in the air medical business.

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Affordable Care Inspires Video Linking of Paramedics with Doctors

Affordable Care Inspires Video Linking of Paramedics with Doctors

Soon, doctors will be “joining” paramedics in the field by diagnosing patients at the scene — virtually.

The use of video streaming to broadcast doctors is being considered to provide better assessment of patients on the scene. The face-to-face video contact (think FaceTime) is scheduled to come to some areas of the United States in the near future.

Video streaming is an easy and inexpensive way to help doctors see injuries and conditions, and can save invaluable time when diagnosing a patient. So, why hasn’t the idea been explored more thoroughly before the Affordable Care Act?

Besides the potential benefits to patients, there is one other motivating factor behind the idea. Under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals risk being fined for readmitting patients within 30 days of their last visit.

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Air Ambulance Base Planned for Mississippi’s Golden Triangle

Air Ambulance Base Planned for Mississippi’s Golden Triangle

The area of eastern Central Mississippi known as the Golden Triangle will soon be home to a new helicopter air ambulance base.

This week, MedStat EMS announced its plans to establish a base for a MedStat Air medical helicopter at GTR (Golden Triangle Regional Airport).

The new base at GTR will improve access to trauma and critical care to residents of east central Mississippi, according to a spokesman.

Officials have said the Columbus base will cover a 75-mile radius and provide support for ambulance crews in Monroe County.

MedStat EMS is headquartered in Winona, MS. The EMS / air ambulance company already serves nearly 320,000 people in a service area that covers well over 8,000 square miles, according to the company website.

The MedStat EMS helicopter base expansion into the Golden Triangle, which is formed by the cities of Columbus, Starkville, and West Point (and the three counties Lowndes, Oktibbeha, and Clay), will further add to their already wide coverage area.

Bond Wins Contract to Provide Helicopter for New Scottish Charity

Bond Wins Contract to Provide Helicopter for New Scottish Charity

Bond Air Services has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to provide Scotland’s first and only charity-funded helicopter air ambulance.

The recently-launched Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) announced yesterday that Bond has been selected to supply the new frontline life-saving resource for an initial seven-year period, following a rigorous and extensive tendering process.

The launch of a Perth Airport-based charity air ambulance in Scotland to work alongside the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) will see the country’s helicopter emergency medical response capability increased by 50 percent. There are currently two Government-funded helicopters operated by SAS based at Glasgow and Inverness.

SCAA plans to launch with a Bo 105 CBS twin-engine helicopter, initially operating an average of 10 hours a day, seven days a week.

SCAA chairman John Bullough said that Bond, who currently has the contract for the country’s two state-funded helicopter air ambulances, was “the perfect fit” for the charity.

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