TVACAA become first UK air ambulance to carry portable blood analyser

TVACAA become first UK air ambulance to carry portable blood analyser

27-Jan-2014 Source: TVACAA

In a year that has seen the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance ‘raise the bar’ in terms of clinical excellence, new developments at TVACAA have enabled the Trust to further their promise of enhanced patient care by becoming the first Air Ambulance to carry an I-Stat (portable blood analyser) machine on board the helicopter.

BOB MotorwayDr Syed Masud, HEMS Consultant for TVACAA, said: “Over the past year we have talked about the advantages of the Paramedic Physician Partnership and the significant advantages of this is in the delivery of ‘gold standard care’ on the roadside. Our mantras is ‘bringing the hospital to the roadside’ for the patient. We have achieved this by introducing Ultrasound and Blood on the aircraft ensuring that the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance is one of the leading HEMS units in the country.

“We are the charity making yet another ground-breaking step forward by being the first Air Ambulance in the country to introduce an I-Stat machine on the aircraft. This small portable machine gives us hospital accuracy blood results within minutes. The result of this will help us make clinical decisions for the patients, for example, information on the oxygenation, degree of hypoxia and blood salts will allow us to focus treatment and give exceptionally accurate information to the hospital on arrival.

“This type of practice once again steps up the level of advanced care that TVACAA delivers to its patients.”

Mark McGeown, Chief Executive Officer for TVACAA, said: “We have seen an increased demand for response by our air ambulance over the past year. This is testament to the quality of emergency car that our medical crew can provide. The use of specialist equipment is an important element of this and the continuing generous support this charity receives from the people of Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, enables us to provide the crew with the new equipment they require.”

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