The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) has welcomed today’s announcement of an independent audit that shows 20 per cent more patients are now surviving severe trauma since the introduction of Major Trauma Networks in 2010. Air ambulances, which receive no direct Government funding, invariably provide the principle means by which a very seriously injured patient will be treated at the scene of an incident and then conveyed to the Major Trauma centre for further treatment.
The East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has also welcomed the report. Currently featuring in the BBC’s ‘Lifesavers’ (BBC, Thursday 27 June, 9pm), the series follows a number of patients who have been treated by the Charity, before being conveyed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, the Major Trauma Centre for the eastern region.
Tim Page, Chief Executive of EAAA, said: “This report highlights the importance of the East Anglian Air Ambulance in the eastern region. We hear from many of our former patients who have told us that without the care they received from the Charity at the scene of their incident, they would not be alive or have made a full recovery.
“The report has also reassured us that our move to fly night missions is the correct one. Now that we are able to fly during the hours of darkness, we are able to extend the service provided by the Major Trauma Network to those patients who previously would not have been able to access the expertise of our clinical team.”
Currently across the UK 35 rotary air ambulances attend on average 70 incidents a day , some requiring the specialist urgent care to life threatening and limiting trauma at one of the Major Trauma Centres. Patients who have been involved in a serious road traffic incident, injury at work (farm, construction, etc.), assault or other critical injuries now have a 20% greater chance of survival. These patients first receive care at the point of the incident through a network of highly trained Pre-Hospital Care Doctors or Critical Care Paramedics delivered to scene by an air ambulance in support of the ambulance service. These expert clinicians stabilise the patient and then convey them to the nearest Major Trauma Centre.
Clive Dickin, National Director of AAA, commented: “Today’s news gives real encouragement to the victims of major trauma which is one of the largest causes of death in the under 50’s. To see a 20% increase in survival rates, through the centralisation of skills in the Major Trauma Network aligned with the highly focused skills of the ambulance services and the air ambulance network is amazing.”
Regional Trauma Networks were first introduced in 2012 to enable the rapid and safe transfer of patients to the 22 designated Major Trauma Centres throughout the country as few district hospitals in England have the capacity to provide comprehensive care for these patients. The networks were developed by doctors, nurses and allied health professionals including paramedics and physiotherapists, to ensure that the patient receives the best possible care from the scene of the accident through to their rehabilitation at home.
Air ambulances across the UK are operated by charities in close support with their local ambulance services. These services would not be possible without the kind donations of the general public and corporate donors. In 2011 the charities across the UK had to raise £76.6 million pounds to operate the service.
For more information on the Association please visit: www.associationofairambulances.co.uk
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