An air ambulance charity is now carrying a portable blood analyser on board it's helicopter. Thames Valley And Chiltern Air Ambulance says the introduction of the i-Stat helps it to fulfil its promise of providing enhanced patient care.
Our mantra is 'bringing the hospital to the roadside' for the patient. 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."
– Dr Syed Masud, Helicopter Emergency Medical Service
We have seen an increased demand for response by our air ambulance over the past year. This is testament to the quality of emergency care that our medical crew canprovide."
– Mark McGeown, chief executive officer for TVACAA