Bond’s SAR clinical lead gives insight to medicine in extreme offshore conditions

Bond’s SAR clinical lead gives insight to medicine in extreme offshore conditions

10-Sep-2012 Source: Bond Aviation Group

Bond Offshore Helicopters’ clinical lead, Dr. Mark Bloch, today gave insight into the critical work of paramedics on search and rescue (SAR) helicopters, and the challenges they face working in extreme conditions offshore.

Bond has been operating the Jigsaw SAR service for BP in the North Sea since 2006.  In that time, Bond’s on-board paramedic expertise has been used to treat over 240 patients suffering a wide range of medical and emergency conditions, including major trauma, cardiac problems and strokes.

Crews have been involved in a range of missions including medical evacuation, personnel evacuation and downman situations, utilising both landing and winch-based rescue.

Malcolm Paine, Managing Director, Bond Offshore Helicopters said: “Search and Rescue is a key part of Bond’s on-going operations.  Our paramedic capability is an essential element of this service and I am delighted to have an expert like Mark on board, to lead our clinical governance requirement.”

Dr Bloch, an expert in the field of pre-hospital care, was speaking as part of this year’s British Science Festival which takes place at the University of Aberdeen from the 4th to the 9th of September.

Attendees heard about how the emergency services approach offshore emergencies, pre- hospital care and what working life is like for SAR paramedics, as well as getting to see at first hand some of the equipment used by paramedics.

About Bond Aviation Group

Bond Aviation Group (Bond) is the UK’s largest independent emergency and mission critical helicopter operator providing air ambulance helicopter services, police and marine support to offshore wind farms and lighthouses as well as mission critical, search and rescue and energy support services in the North Sea to blue chip oil companies.

With a fleet of over forty aircraft and operations accumulating more than 106,000 flight hours across the globe the group benefits from an international presence and a commercially strong and financially stable parent company.

Bond currently operates from bases in the UK and Australia, employing 543 people and with a turnover of £137m (annualised) in 2011.

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