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Interior A great deal of research and analysis into the design and fit-out of the medical equipment within each helicopter was undertaken by Midlands Air Ambulance and Bond Air Services. As there is limited space available in each air ambulance, it is vital that the equipment and medicines are situated in the best possible position for regulation compliance and ease of access, both at the scene of the incident and in the air en route to the most appropriate trauma hospital.


The charity’s air operations manager and clinical team had a number of opportunities to benchmark and review the fit-out throughout the design-build process of each helicopter. Midlands Air Ambulance representatives visited the design team at Airbus in the UK and Germany to evaluate and make alterations where necessary.


The


helicopter


interior


equipment


configuration has been standardized across Midlands Air Ambulance’s fleet, which is ideal for multi-aircraft responses and ensures aircrew efficiency when working at alternative airbases. To enable the service to offer the very best care while in transit, most pieces of equipment in the helicopters can be moved if required, including the seating and stretchers. This is important for treatment in the air and also after a mission when each air ambulance requires extensive cleaning.


Clinical Excellence Over 65 percent of Midlands Air Ambulance’s aircrew are now trained to the standard of critical care paramedic (CCP), which means they can administer advanced techniques and medicines at the incident scene. Eventually, the charity aims to achieve 100 percent


critical care standards for all paramedics, and the current CCPs are undergoing refresher courses at the world-renowned Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, strengthening the service’s clinical expertise in pre-hospital care.


In addition to the helicopter aircrew, Midlands Air Ambulance works closely with the highly skilled and dedicated Airdesk team situated at West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. The team consists of a Midlands Air


Ambulance CCP and ambulance


staff. They assign appropriate emergency calls to the three helicopters, ensuring all patients who require treatment within the golden hour are swiftly taken to the most appropriate trauma hospital for their needs.


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