Christophorus 16 air ambulance passes 15,000 hours

Christophorus 16 air ambulance passes 15,000 hours

23-May-2022 Source: HeliRescue


[electronic translation] On Saturday, May 7, 2022, the emergency doctor helicopter Christophorus 16 flew the 15,000. Use since the air rescue service in Oberwart.

The crew was called to Graz for a secondary transport from Oberwart Hospital. A pregnant patient was taken directly to the delivery room at the State Hospital for the delivery of twins. Pilot Capt. Klaus Pawlitza, emergency doctor Dr. Regine Brixel and paramedic Oliver Zotter formed the team of the flying intensive care unit that day. All three have extensive operational experience, so that this anniversary mission could also be carried out without any problems.

The rapid deployment of Christophorus 16 has saved the lives of many people over the past 17 years and helped alleviate the suffering of many more people. The C16 in Oberwart is an essential part of the emergency medical care in southern Burgenland, the adjacent eastern Styria and the “Bucklige Welt” in Lower Austria. In addition to primary operations, where the emergency services are flown directly and adequate first aid is provided, so-called secondary transports are also carried out. These are transfer flights from one hospital to another, where optimal further care can be guaranteed in special departments and rapid and gentle transport is necessary.

Christophorus 16 has been stationed in Oberwart since May 1, 2005. The 17 emergency doctors under the medical direction of Dr. Wilhelm Urschl, come from various hospitals, the 12 paramedics under the head HCM Hans-Peter Polzer are professional or voluntary employees of the Austrian. Red Cross. The pilots around base manager Cpt. Fritz Wallner are made available by the ÖAMTC Flugrettungsverein. With the stationing of the emergency doctor helicopter in Oberwart, the already good emergency medical care of the Red Cross was further optimized.

Daily readiness begins at 7:00 a.m. and ends at nightfall. The area of ​​operation extends over the four southern districts of Burgenland, East Styria to the Fischbacher Alps and the south-east. Part Lower Austria with Wechsel and Semmering area.

By the way:

On Saturday , June 25, 2022 , the base festival will take place again after a 2-year break . From 2 p.m. there is the opportunity to experience air rescue up close, to look over the shoulders of the rescuers from the air, to chat with them and to spend a nice afternoon at the base. There is a bouncy castle for the little ones and physical well-being is also well taken care of.

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