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Air Ambulance Battles Extreme Winds to Reach Hit-and-Run Victim

Air Ambulance Battles Extreme Winds to Reach Hit-and-Run Victim

Extremely poor weather conditions nearly prevented an air ambulance from reaching a young trauma patient. Andy Hughes from The Journal reported that a medical helicopter was recently summoned to the scene of a hit-and-run involving a young girl in Throckley, a village in North East England. The ambulance had to battle voracious wind gusts to reach the scene of the accident. Luckily, the helicopter was able to reach her in time.

The girl had reportedly just been walking on the sidewalk when the driver of the vehicle hit her and continued on his or her way. As the girl had experienced injury to her head as a result of the accident, an air ambulance was called to get her to the hospital as soon as possible.

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What is the Golden Hour?

What is the Golden Hour?

If you’re someone who regularly reads about the latest air ambulance and air medical news, one idea you’ve no doubt come across more than a few times is the storied “golden hour.” This term appears on the web sites of many operators in countries around the world, where the idea is presented to the public in a variety of ways. An online search for golden hour produces gripping, true tales of trained air medical professionals saving lives when time is of the essence.

Yet, judging by the comments we sometimes see on articles related to this subject, some confusion – even contention – remains about the concept. So, what exactly is meant, in air medical terms, when we refer to the existence of a golden hour?

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FAA Focuses Eye on the Sky over Yellville for Turkey Drop Pilots

FAA Focuses Eye on the Sky over Yellville for Turkey Drop Pilots

The Federal Aviation Administration has made it quite clear that their agents are going to be keeping a sharp eye focused on the sky for “unknown” aircraft during this year’s controversial Turkey Drop event. And yes, to our readers who are unfamiliar with the 65-year-old Ozarks tradition, the Turkey Drop is exactly what it sounds like.

Beginning today, the Turkey Drop is just one part of a annual turkey-themed festival that takes place in Yellville, a small Ozarks mountain town in Northern Arkansas. Turkeys, who typically only fly for short distances, are pushed out of low-flying aircraft and fall approximately 1,000 feet to the ground as part of the event. The fixed-wing aircraft are said to be travelling at speeds around 70MPH when the live turkeys are dropped out to fend for themselves.

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Car Accident Victim Raises Money for Air Ambulance that Saved His Life

Car Accident Victim Raises Money for Air Ambulance that Saved His Life

The victim of a car crash who was picked up by Surrey Air Ambulance back in 2008 is raising funds to repay the air ambulance that he credits with saving his life.

On his way to work several years ago, Darren Cooper was in a severe car accident that caused his car to veer across the road, ultimately hitting a tree and causing him to sustain serious head injuries. Not only did he end up with a fractured skull at the base of the back of his head because of the accident, but he later underwent two separate operations to rebuild his damaged eye socket.

Fortunately for him, he was quickly airlifted to King’s College Hospital in London by the Surrey Air Ambulance, a medical rescue service that receives no support from the government and runs exclusively on charity donations.

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SC Stroke Patient Receives $58,477 Helicopter Bill in the Mail

SC Stroke Patient Receives $58,477 Helicopter Bill in the Mail

The latest big air ambulance news comes from a story reported by WCNC-TV from Charlotte, North Carolina. Recently, a North Carolina man named Charlie Pridmore suffered a stroke while fishing from a boat. EMS professionals arrived at the scene and drove him from the yacht club he was fishing near to the closest accredited stroke center, Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.

According to Pridmore, the healthcare professionals at Piedmont Medical Center treated him with medication to help dissolve the blood clots that had led to his stroke. After speaking to a specialist from MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina) by video, however, he was convinced that he needed to be flown to Charleston by air ambulance, in case complications arose.

Pridmore says the specialist in Charleston told him about how there was a potential that he could develop a “brain bleed” and die if a specially trained neurosurgeon was not around to install a stint. The doctor then, according to Pridmore, told him over the webcam that she was the only doctor [he said he doesn't remember whether she said 'in this state' or 'in this portion of the country'] who was certified to do so, and urged him to get there quickly.

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