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International Journal of Emergency Medicine

, 4:55

First Online: 30 August 2011Received: 16 August 2011Accepted: 30 August 2011

Abstract

BackgroundAir ambulance service in Norway has been upgraded during the last years. European regulations concerning pilots- working time and new treatment guidelines-strategies have called for more resources.

AimsThe objective was to describe and analyse the two supplementary air ambulance fixed wing FW and rotor wing RW alternatives- activity during the study period 2002-2008. Furthermore we aimed to compare our findings with reports from other north European regions.

MethodsA retrospective analysis. The air ambulance fleet-s activity according to the electronic patient record database of -Luftambulansetjenesten ANS- LABAS was analysed. The subject was the fleet-s operations in northern Norway, logistics, and patients handled. Type of flight, distances, frequency, and patients served were the main outcome measures.

ResultsA significant increase 45% in the use of RW and a shift in FW operations less primary and more secondary were revealed. The shift in FW operations reflected the centralisation of several health care services i.e. percutaneous cardiac intervention PCI, trauma, and cancer surgery during the study period. Cardiovascular disease CVD and injuries were the main diagnoses and constituted half of all operations. CVD was the most common cause of FW operations and injuries of the RW ones. The number of air ambulance operations was 16 per 1,000 inhabitants. This was more frequent than in other north European regions.

ConclusionsThe use of air ambulances and especially RW was significantly increased during the study period. The change in secondary FW operations reflected centralisation of medical care. When health care services are centralised, air ambulance services must be adjusted to the new settings.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1865-1380-4-55 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: Jan Norum - Trond M Elsbak

Source: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/1865-1380-4-55







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