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How does Helivac establish what constitutes a HEMS evacuation?
In order to make the process a little simpler to understand, the list below details the medical criteria that necessitate emergency evacuation of patients by helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS):
Severe penetrating trauma to the head, neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis
Blunt trauma to the chest, abdomen or pelvis with a high index of suspicion for major internal bleeding
Threatened limbs or proximal long bone amputations
Spinal injury with neurological deficit
Head injury with a GCS of no less than 6/15
Stroke patients requiring rapid access to a stroke centre
Compromised cardiac patients with a time to hospital exceeding 30 minutes
Acute anaphylaxis with airway compromise or no availability of ALS
Hypothermia – core temperature less than 35˚C
Hyperthermia – core temperature greater than 40˚C
Burns: Facial burns with inhalation injury
Children with greater than 20% BSA injury
Adults with greater than 30% BSA injury
Haemodynamically unstable patient despite intervention or with no availability of ALS
Respiratory difficulties despite intervention or with no availability of ALS
Where specialist medical expertise of the flight crew is required
Long bone fractures, including neck of femur with prolonged time to hospital
Hip dislocations due to severe trauma
Prolonged entrapment (or predicted >45 minutes)
Severe mechanism of injury with time to appropriate facility exceeding 30 minutes.
When do Logistical guidelines form a part of that decision?
Where access to the accident scene by road is limited or time delay to definitive care is deemed to be
detrimental in light of the presenting medical condition/injury
Major incidents where resources are limited and additional resources are urgently required.
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