London and Norwegian Air Ambulances collaborate on pre-hospital care R&D

London and Norwegian Air Ambulances collaborate on pre-hospital care R&D

6-Apr-2011 Source: London’s Air Ambulance

This agreement formalises the existing strong links between two long established providers of physician-led pre-hospital care. Both organisations are committed leaders in the field of quality improvement in pre-hospital care and place research and development high on their agendas.

London’s Air Ambulance has an international reputation for clinical excellence and has trained the majority of pre-hospital clinical leaders in the UK and many from overseas. It has pioneered advances in care and procedures which have been adopted across the world. The Norwegian Air Ambulance has a rapidly expanding research programme and a unique designated centre for training and development as well as strong links with Norwegian Universities

To date, the organisations have held three high level consensus meetings to improve their common approach to research and quality in pre-hospital care. The latest meeting set the international research priorities for pre-hospital critical care for the future, the results of which will be published in the Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine in due course. The meetings have involved pre-hospital leaders from Europe and beyond and have been hosted and funded by the Norwegian Air Ambulance.

Hans Morten Lossius, Research and Development Director of the Norwegian Air Ambulance, said: We are very pleased that we have formalized a partnership with London’s Air Ambulance. Norwegian Air Ambulance has prioritized research in recent years. To ensure good research, we are however, dependent on good cooperation across national borders. A partnership with such a well-respected and professional environment that London’s Air Ambulance represents, gives us the opportunity to exchange experiences and engage in systematic collaboration that enables us to produce better research for the benefit of patients.”

Dr David Lockey, Research and Development Lead at London’s Air Ambulance, added: “We are delighted to have formalised our links with The Norwegian Air Ambulance. Both organisations share the drive and enthusiasm to build on past success and work together to improve the care of critically ill patients wherever they may be. Our colleagues in Norway have made great steps in moving research and training forwards and we expect this collaboration to be a springboard for the improvement of pre-hospital critical care.”

About London’s Air Ambulance
London’s Air Ambulance (Registered Charity no. 801013) is London’s only helicopter emergency medical service, which provides pre-hospital care to victims of serious injury throughout London – serving the 10 million people who live, work and commute within the M25.  Based at the Royal London Hospital and founded in 1988, the service is unique in that it operates 24/7, with the helicopter running in daylight hours and rapid response cars taking over at night. The Team, which at all times includes a Senior Trauma Doctor and a specially trained Paramedic, attend an average of seven missions a day.  London’s Air Ambulance ( has an international reputation for clinical excellence and delivers pioneering procedures which have been adopted across the world.

About Norwegian Air Ambulance
Stiftelsen Norsk Luftambulanse (The Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation) was established in 1977 with the objective of strengthening pre-hospital emergency medical services in Norway. As a non-profit making organisation, Stiftelsen Norsk Luftambulanse contributes towards ensuring that persons who are seriously injured or ill receive timely, qualified and appropriate emergency medical care.  The objective of Stiftelsen Norsk Luftambulanse is to improve emergency medical services in Norway through the following activities:

  • Promoting specialised pre-hospital emergency medical services performed by helicopter;
  • Support and further develop the air ambulance service;
  • Research;
  • Cooperation, Development and Education. To identify the needs of, and contribute to the measures, the professional response that directly strengthen the implementation of an air ambulance missions.

The Norsk Luftambulanse-group comprises Stiftelsen Norsk Luftambulanse (The Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation) and its subsidiary company Norsk Luftambulanse AS (Norwegian Air Ambulance).

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