If the idea “takes off”, flying paramedics will be armed with a medical kit, strong pain relief for walkers who may have sustained fractures, and a defibrillator for those who may have suffered a heart attack.
Jet-suit paramedics could soon fly to the rescue
A collaboration between Gravity Industries and the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) has resulted in an unparalleled test of human flight in the heart of the UK’s Lake District, pushing the boundaries of emergency response. On Tuesday 8 September, a year of discussion between GNAAS and Gravity Industries culminated in a jet-suit test flight.
What if there was a way for a first responder to locate and stabilise a patient within minutes?
The Lake District is by far the UK’s most famous national park, and it’s not hard to see why. The picturesque panorama of craggy hilltops, mountain tarns and shimmering lakes draw some 15 million people each year.
But this wild terrain can be treacherous, resulting in several incidents requiring the medical expertise of the Great North Air Ambulance Service critical care team. The undulating peaks and valleys can often mean the helicopter is unable to safely land close to the casualty, forcing travel by vehicle or foot.
But what if there was another way for the critical care first responder to locate and stabilise the patient within minutes? Watch the simulated rescue operation below.
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