Gearing up for National Air Ambulance Week

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Hampshire and Isle of Wight of Air Ambulance team at the scene of an accident

Air Ambulance charities across the UK are coming together to celebrate National Air Ambulance Week (#NAAW2018) which takes place between 10th - 16th September 2018.

The UK’s air ambulance charities are funded by the generosity of the public and treat over 25,000 patients throughout the year. Operational every single day, these 21 charities operate 39 aircraft and are deployed to treat the most critically ill or seriously injured patients in their time of need.

Across the UK, an air ambulance is deployed every 10 minutes; essentially bringing the hospital to the patient, no matter their location. Many carry and administer blood products which drastically improve the chances of a patient getting to hospital alive, whilst they also undertake a number of critical inter-hospital transfers every year.

With many of the charities investing funds to expand their operations, increasing their operating hours to provide night HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) missions, upgrading to larger aircrafts, enhancing their medical capability and investing in the advanced education and training of their paramedics and doctors, National Air Ambulance Week is now more important than ever before.

 

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