Essex & Herts Air Ambulance wins ‘Innovation of the Year’ award

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance wins ‘Innovation of the Year’ award

22-Nov-2022 Source: Essex and Herts Air Ambulance

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has been announced as the winner of the ‘Innovation of the Year Award’ in Air Ambulance UK’s Awards of Excellence 2022.

For the first time since the pandemic, representatives from air ambulance communities all around the UK gathered together at a gala dinner where the winners were announced.

The annual awards celebrate and recognise the specialist lifesaving skills and commitment of those working tirelessly within and in support of the air ambulance community. Its independent judging panel deliberated long and hard over some very difficult decisions due to the excellent quality of nominations.

The Innovation of the Year award was presented to EHAAT for its work in implementing strategies to maximise patient chances of survival and recovery, one of which is the Critical Clinical Case (CCC) Passport, a case-specific tool to help aid clinicians.

The judges were impressed with EHAAT’s commitment to continuously improving patient care saying: “Essex & Herts Air Ambulance’s critical care doctors and paramedics are highly skilled at adapting to unpredictable, time-critical situations, but they’re always looking at ways to raise the bar and improve existing skills to maximise each patient’s chances of survival and help them recover faster. The CCC Passport has since been incorporated into the electronic RADAR governance system, allowing EHAAT’s critical care doctors and paramedics to manage their portfolio of cases and procedures and track their progress via their smartphones. The CCC Passport has already positively impacted the wider air ambulance sector, with Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS) adopting a similar system based on the CCC Passport concept.

EHAAT’s Clinical Lead, Doctor Simon Walsh said: “The CCC Passport was a real team effort, developed and delivered by the governance group, and we’re pleased to see it has already had a positive impact on patient care. Over the last year, it has become a mainstay of training. It assures us as a senior team that our clinicians remain competent in challenging critical interventions such as open chest surgeries, caesarean sections and dealing with complex anaesthetic cases in children.”

Simmy Akhtar, Air Ambulances UK CEO said: “Congratulations to our 2022 Awards of Excellence winners. It has been wonderful to read and hear about all of the nominees and their fantastic contributions. The air ambulance community across the UK has remained determined to provide the highest level of specialist patient care at scene despite global and national challenges. All the nominees in all categories, those shortlisted, and the winners are all part of one community which works together to be there for their local communities at their time of need. A huge thank you to all staff, volunteers and supporters in our innovative lifesaving community.”

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