ÖAMTC Air Rescue – 4,497 rescues during the summer months

ÖAMTC Air Rescue – 4,497 rescues during the summer months 13 Sep, 18, Source: ÖAMTC

When it gets summer, the numbers of operations in the ÖAMTC air rescue are rising sharply. The most powerful ÖAMTC emergency helicopter between late June and early September (June 30 to September 9, 2018) was the Christophorus 9 stationed in Vienna. This helicopter was alerted to 410 missions in Vienna, Lower Austria and northern Burgenland.Missions to federal states”If you take a look at the statistics of the federal states, it turns out that almost a quarter of all operations of the ÖAMTC air rescue were flown in Lower Austria,” reports its managing director, Reinhard Kraxner. “In Lower Austria, there were an average of around 14 emergency ambulance operations per day, making a total of 1,001 sorties for the summer months.” 62 of them flew Christophorus 2 – the first emergency helicopter in Austria around the clock – during the night hours. “These approximately two operations per night show that a 24-hour operation makes sense,” says Kraxner.Deployments.

By state
Lower Austria 1001
Tirol 710
Styria 645
upper Austria 595
Carinthia 413
Burgenland 304
Neighboring foreign countries 258
Salzburg 233
Vorarlberg 210
Vienna 128
Broad range of use during the summer months
Especially the summer months have once again shown how broad the range of applications of the ÖAMTC emergency helicopter is. It ranges from internal and neurological emergencies such as heart attacks or strokes (2,203 missions) to traffic accidents (436 missions) to sports and leisure accidents (225 missions).With around nine percent of all alarms, sports and leisure accidents in alpine areas rank fifth in summer statistics. “In mountain sports, there is no winter or summer break,” says the managing director of the ÖAMTC air rescue. “Even trend sports such as rafting, canyoning, sport climbing, mountain biking or paragliding attract more and more adventurous people in Austria’s mountains.” Especially in the mountains, the ÖAMTC emergency physicians are confronted with all sorts of injuries: from simple ankle fractures to falls that happen not only on alpine terrain but often also on footpaths. However, numerous operations in the Alps are also attributable to acute cardiovascular diseases. Accidents in inaccessible terrain are particularly challenging for the rescue teams. It is usually not possible to land the ÖAMTC emergency ambulance in the immediate vicinity of the emergency site. Therefore, air ambulance and ambulance are flown on the rope hanging to the crash site.

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