Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust donate life-saving equipment to Hungarian HEMS

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust donate life-saving equipment to Hungarian HEMS 28 Nov, 12, Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) having recently upgraded to state of the art ZOLL® X Series™ Patient Monitors is delighted to donate two older generation Schiller patient monitors to Dr Peter Temesvari, Medical Director of Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in Hungary.

Before being appointed Medical Director of Hungarian HEMS, Peter Temesvari was a HEMS Doctor at EHAAT for a year starting in January 2009, working with HEMS Pilots and Critical Care Paramedics to provide expert clinical care to patients that need it the most. Following this he moved to London’s Air Ambulance for six months as a HEMS Registrar before returning to his homeland and taking up his current role at Hungarian HEMS, an organisation providing seven Air Ambulances within Hungary.

Dr Peter Temesvari, Medical Director of Hungarian HEMS, said: “We were delighted by the generous offer of EHAAT to donate their disused monitors to us. We have a close relationship with the Charity as I myself had the privilege to work for EHAAT for over a year. We meet regularly with Clinical Manager Stuart Elms and compare how our services operate and look for possible improvements in the future. I personally think EHAAT is a wonderful Charity and I’m always impressed by the quality of hard work this dedicated team puts into running the Air Ambulance. I was happy to hear earlier this year that EHAAT chose to upgrade their defibrillator-monitors to state of the art new Zoll X-Series units. I believe this makes a significant improvement in the safety of patient care in the East of England. 

As Hungary is a country with a much lower income than the UK, the medical equipment that is withdrawn from service at UK HEMS services can still serve the Hungarian public for years. Hungarian HEMS is fortunate to already have in our service several of the Schiller Argus monitors identical to the ones that EHAAT has stopped using, so integrating the donated monitors into our system will not be a problem. I hope the people of Essex and Hertfordshire can be proud of the fact that vital medical equipment purchased from their donations can continue to help save lives abroad after they have stopped serving the local community.”

EHAAT recently purchased three new ZOLL® X Series™ Critical Care Patient Monitors to replace the Schiller monitors which were an older generation model and needed updating. Thanks to an appeal over the summer which raised over £14,000; these funds were able to go towards the purchase of the third monitor.  

Stuart Elms, EHAAT Clinical Manager, adds: ”The Schiller monitors had come to the end of their effective life with us and with little economic value it was an easy decision to take the opportunity to join up with Peter at Hungarian HEMS and provide them with this vital life-saving equipment. We are extremely proud of what Peter has achieved; using his experience and expertise learnt during his time with us and bringing it to Hungary, helping to develop their service and save more lives. I look forward to more occasions where we can work in partnership in the future.”

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