AEROMEDICAL EVACUATION: SICK OR INJURED POLICE OFFICERS AIR TRANSPORTATION BY POLICE MEDICAL EVACUATON CENTER, POLICE GENERAL HOSPITAL
Keywords:aeromedical evacuation, sick or injured police officers
Aeromedical evacuation means the usage of aircraft such as rotor–wing (helicopter) or fixed–wing (airplane) to move patients from one location to another. When police officers are injured or having serious illness, it is necessary to get an emergency and effective treatment. In some operational areas where are difficult to reach and unable to provide effective treatment, they need to be transported to other hospital for further treatment. The medevac team should truly understand the principle of aeromedical evacuation such as flight physiology, pre–flight assessment, and aeromedical equipment and personnel. They must be able to make initial assessment for the patient whether it is suitable for air transportation. If it is not suitable, the medevac team should make a new decision to transport such patient using other methods. This will help the patient to be transferred to the designated hospital quickly and safely, shorten the time for transportation and less severely affect the patient. This will greatly reduce the death and injured rates of police officers.
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