How the air ambulance service is a vital tool and could literally be the difference between life and death.
Lifesaving transportation methods such as search and rescue and the air ambulance service have received some highly earned and highly deserved press over the past couple of years.
It was only just over a year ago that one of the United Kingdom’s most famous sons, Prince William, was walking down the aisle of Westminster Abbey with millions of people rejoicing, some mainly because of the extra bank holiday the royal wedding carried. An unexpected factor of the royal wedding that caught many people’s attention, however, was the fact that soon after the wedding and honeymoon had been and gone, the individual who is second in line to the commonwealth throne was back on the hamster wheel of his adopted day job as a search and rescue pilot.
Not only did the Prince’s rapid turnaround from what became a celebration that more than an entire country took part in, to returning so swiftly to his day-to-day duties make millions of people sit up and notice, the actual occupation which William dedicates himself to basked in some of the light that reflected from the occasion.
Generally, when people think of ambulance services, they think of the road vehicles that come complete with sirens. They may think of ambulances making visits to homes, businesses or other establishments to offer their life saving efforts in a plethora of situations.
Unfortunately though, these situations sometimes arise at times when the standard methods of ambulance transportation may not suffice. For example, sometimes there may be a situation where an air ambulance service is needed to access a situation that has cropped up in an area which is devoid of roads or access routes. Such areas could be in mountainous regions where the sheer steepness of the terrain would make it impossible for road vehicles to not only reach a casualty, but also treat them and get them back to a hospital in a comfortable manner or within a narrow space of time.
Another area could be at sea. Obviously, road ambulance services would be ruled out again in this situation and whilst naval ambulance services are an option, weather conditions at sea can have a massive impact on the time it takes for aid to reach a casualty and whether aid can reach them at all. The air ambulance service does not have such trouble with this though and, in this situation and with others, could be the difference between a casualty’s survival or lack of.
This post was written by Gary Sibbs, a veteran air ambulance service campaigner.