Features

In January 2014, the EURAMI made good on the promise to publish its accreditation standards. At least in part.

The 2013 members' meeting of the European Aeromedical Institute – history in the making?

Why EURAMI needs to get back to basics

Carrying blood products onboard civilian aircraft – potentially life-saving for patients, but a challenging process.

In the county of Wiltshire, UK, the local air ambulance charity aircraft and police helicopter are one and the same. Or, to put it another way, the same aircraft simultaneously serves the county of Wiltshire as a medical transport, police observation and pursuit asset. Taissa Csáky discusses the practicalities of joint working for police observers, paramedics and pilots, and looks to the future: Wiltshire Constabulary is due to join the National Police Air Service (NPAS) at the end of 2014, which could mean the end of more than two decades of collaboration

NEWS ANALYSIS: In March, England-based fixed-wing air ambulance providers CEGA and AirMed (AirMedical Ltd) proudly trumpeted the publication of their first inspection reports from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). A third company, Capital Air Ambulance, has been visited by the CQC, but not yet inspected. But how do the CQC’s rules, drafted largely with hospitals, care homes and other immobile healthcare providers in mind, apply to organisations that move patients by air, and does – or should – the wider aeromedical and travel insurance industry care?

NEWS ANALYSIS: After months of speculation since the board of the European Aero-Medical Institute (EURAMI) quit their posts en masse in June 2012, air ambulance industry personnel from around the world met at the International Travel Insurance Conference (ITIC) in Barcelona on 1 November for the annual EURAMI members meeting. James Paul Wallis reports on what took place and asks where EURAMI will go from here.

NEWS ANALYSIS: At the end of June, the board members of the European Air Medical Institute (EURAMI) put out a joint statement announcing their resignation, prompting the Institute’s president to follow suit. What was behind the walkout and what could it mean for EURAMI?

NEWS ANALYSIS: In October 2010, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a Notice of Proposed Rule Making, detailing regulatory changes being considered for air ambulance and commercial helicopter operations. With a Final Rule Making imminent, NEMSPA board member Mike Biasatti explains the possible impact on HEMS providers

NEWS ANALYSIS: US air-ambulance company Angel Medflight recently received trademark protection for the phrase ‘Bedside-to-Bedside’. What prompted the company to seek this, and how are other companies whose services fall under the same category and who are using the phrase going to deal with it? Femke van Iperen explores

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