Sunday, January 15, 2012

Helicopter busy with hospital transfers

THE North Coast Westpac Life Saver Helicopter had a busy week for medical emergenices responding to nine missions - eight of which were hospital transfers.

Three of these missions were carried out 'back to back'commencing on Wednesday at 4.15pm and running through to Thursday at 6am.

A Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter spokeswoman said inter hospital transfers involve airlifting patients, who are in a serious condition which may be deteriorating or unstable.

"During the hand over from the transferring hospital's emergency or intensive care team, the doctor on call will determine what if any medical procedures need to be effected before transport ing the patient.

"On arrival at the destination hospital the doctor effects a transfer of care before leaving the patient."

Last Monday was a particularly busy day for the crew.

An elderly female, who had suffered a heart attack and was listed as stable was transferred from Coffs Harbour to Gold Coast airport.

The same day a 20-year-old French national, a near drowning victim, was transferred from Maclean hospital to Lismore Base Hospital.

Then a three-month-old infant suffering an obstructed bowel was transferred from Lismore Base Hospital to the Mater Hospital in Brisbane.

On Tuesday, a female patient was transferred between from Grafton and Lismore hospitals.

On Wednesday, a 70-year-old male hemorrahagic patient was airlifted between Lismore and Gold Coast hospitals.

While a 28-year-old pregant female involved in a motor vehicle accident, was flown from Lismore airport in the company of a midwife to Royal Brisbane Hospital.

On Thursday a 33-year-old female suffereing a drug overdose was transferred between Lismore and Gold Coast hospitals.

On Friday, a female patient with renal failure was flown between Grafton and Tweed Heads hospitals.

Then on Saturday the helicopter was called to assist in the search for three people thrown into the water off Moonee Beach after their catamaran tipped.

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