Characteristics of Fixed Wing Air Ambulance Transports in Victoria, Australia

Ashleigh J. Delorenzo, Jeremy W. Abetz, Emily Andrew, Anthony de Wit, Brett Williams, Karen Smith

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Abstract

Objective Air medical transport is important for the transfer of patients in the prehospital and interhospital environment. Few studies have described the services provided by fixed wing ambulances or the broader clinical profiles of patients they transport. Such information may be useful for the planning and allocation of resources, assistance with training, and refining clinical protocols. We sought to describe the characteristics of patients transported by fixed wing aircraft at Air Ambulance Victoria (AAV) and the service AAV provides in Victoria, Australia. Methods A retrospective data review of patients transported by AAV fixed wing aircraft between January 1, 2011, and June 30, 2015, was performed. Data were sourced from the Ambulance Victoria data warehouse. Retrievals involving physicians were excluded. Results A total of 16,579 patients were transported during the study period, with a median age of 66 years. Most patients were male (58.7%), and cardiovascular/hematologic conditions (27.2%) were most common. Overall, 51.7% of cases were prebooked routine transfers, 47.4% were interhospital routine transfers, and 0.9% were primary responses. Caseloads were largest in the regions furthest from the capital city. Conclusion The AAV fixed wing service in Victoria enables regional and remote patients to be transported to definitive care without major disruption to ground ambulances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-178
Number of pages6
JournalAir Medical Journal
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017

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    Delorenzo, A. J., Abetz, J. W., Andrew, E., de Wit, A., Williams, B., & Smith, K. (2017). Characteristics of Fixed Wing Air Ambulance Transports in Victoria, Australia. Air Medical Journal, 36(4), 173-178. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amj.2017.02.008