FinnHEMS 2015 figures – 5% less responses, 6% more patients treated

FinnHEMS 2015 figures – 5% less responses, 6% more patients treated

19-Jan-2016 Source:

Air Ambulance statistics from Finland in 2015 show a notable increase with 6% more patients treated over 2014, even though the number of calls responded to was down 5% to 13,748.  Deeper analysis shows 1,494 patients received critical assistance, of which 172 would probably have died before reaching the hospital without an air ambulance response.

FinnHEMS research director Ilkka Virkkunen said that the organisation reset the medical helicopter alert guidelines in cooperation with the university hospital and the emergency response centers, which reduced inflight stand-downs and helped align more closely with the service for critical patients,

The introduction of the more spacious EC145T2 has helped, and has helped raise the patient transfer taskings by 52% year-on-year, particularly from the Kuopio and Oulu bases.  FinnHEMS previously relying on a fleet of four EC135s

FinnHEMS is a national medical helicopter services management unit. The company is owned in equal shares by university hospital districts of Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District of Southwest Finland Health Care District, Pirkanmaa Hospital District, Northern Savo and Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District. FinnHEMS was founded in 2010 and is a non-profit limited liability company

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