The word ‘unprecedented’ has never been used so much. We are in the midst of a global pandemic the like of which has not been seen for decades, and in a world where news updates occur 24/7, it is almost impossible to escape from terrifying statistics and images.
What has been incredibly uplifting, though, is the response of the global medical community. Doctors and nurses are isolating themselves from their families so they can continue to go to work and save lives in the face of shortages of personal protective equipment and the vital machinery they need to keep their patients going. A round-up of just some of the air ambulance operations going on around the world is included in this issue.
Meanwhile, in non-coronavirus content, this issue of AirMed&Rescue offers updates on moves in the US to improve pilot safety through the introduction of standardized flight helmets. Staff safety remains at the core of everything we do, and that’s why our other feature, on the culture of safety in air medical operations, covers so many different aspects, from flight suits, to the sedation and restraint of dangerous patients, and risk assessment tools for flying into conflict zones. Elsewhere, we report on the intensive care transport of a patient in the prone position and share ventilation training insights.
Plus, we've got a summary of the latest report from the Colorado Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting; and we spoke with Dr Tom Hurst of London's Air Ambulance about providing critical care over the skies of London and we have a profile of Sarpa Air Ambulance.
You can read our full digital edition and all the articles in this month's issue here.
Enjoy the issue and safe flying to all.