ÖAMTC took off 21,934 in 2022

ÖAMTC took off 21,934 in 2022

2-Jan-2023 Source: ÖAMTC Air Rescue

The ÖAMTC air rescue service can look back on a new deployment record in 2022. “Our year-round emergency helicopters took off 21,934 times last year – compared to 2021, that’s an increase of 1,997 missions. This made 2022 the most intensive year in the history of ÖAMTC air rescue,” says Managing Director Marco Trefanitz. “This impressive figure shows that rapid air assistance is needed more than ever.”

On average, the Christophorus fleet was alerted to more than two calls per hour – day and night. The busiest day of the year was June 26, 2022 with 116 missions. If you add the four seasonal winter bases of the ÖAMTC air rescue service, you even get a total of 23,556 rescue missions .

There are many reasons for alerting an ÖAMTC emergency medical helicopter: Most frequently (47 percent) they took off for internal and neurological emergencies. They were called out 3,361 times (15 percent of the calls) to accidents at work, in the household, at school or in their free time. Traffic accidents accounted for just under seven percent of all calls.

The 2022 statistics also include 701 dew rescues, in which people were rescued from rough terrain, and 1,047 night operations. “Especially when saving human lives, a lot depends on the time factor. In view of the changes in healthcare, however, the path of emergency patients to the most suitable clinic for them is becoming longer and longer,” explains Reinhard Kraxner, also Managing Director of ÖAMTC air rescue. “In this respect, the helicopter clearly has an advantage: it can also cover large distances very quickly.”

The bases in detail (in brackets the numbers from 2021)

Christopher 1 innsbruck 809 (652)
Christopher 2 Gneixendorf 1,631 (1,629)
Christopher 3 Wiener Neustadt 1,623 (1,500)
Christopher 4 reith 1,033 (697)
Christopher 5 Zams 896 (608)
Christopher 6 Salzburg 1,637 (1,440)
Christopher 7 Lienz 737 (725)
Christopher 8 Nenzing 993 (755)
Christopher 9 Vienna 1,808 (1,735)
Christopher 10 Linz 1.155 (1,141)
Christopher 11 Klagenfurt 1.215 (1,304)
Christopher 12 Graz 1,476 (1,364)
Christopher 14 Niederöblarn 797 (727)
Christopher 15 Ybbsitz 999 (997)
Christopher 16 Oberwart 1,232 (1,095)
Christopher 17 St Michael 1.176 (1.116)
Christopher Europa 3 subs 1,675 (1,540)
Christopher 99 Niederöblarn 325 (219)
auxiliary machine 3 (9)
Christopher 33/ITH Wiener Neustadt 714 (684)
alpine 1 Patergassen 273 (123)
alpine 2 Solden 517 (162)
alpine 5 Hintertux 369 (95)
Alpine helicopter 6 Zell/See 463 (275)

Most missions were flown in Lower Austria (5,369), Styria (3,964) and Tyrol (2,940).

Longer on duty for optimal patient care

The task of the ÖAMTC air rescue service is to take care of patients – no matter where they are and ideally also regardless of the time of day. Two major milestones in the recent past have brought the Christophorus fleet one step closer to this vision: On the one hand, the C14 stationed in Niederöblarn has been available to people in medical emergencies during the night since the beginning of October.

“This makes it our third base in Austria – and the second in Styria – from which missions are flown around the clock,” says Reinhard Kraxner. The extension of the operating times now enables the best possible medical care for locals and holiday guests around the clock if necessary.

On the other hand, since mid-November, the Innsbruck emergency doctor helicopter C1 can now also be dispatched from the control center in the autumn and winter months until at least 8 p.m. This extension of working hours into the evening hours is entirely in line with optimal emergency care for the population.

The C9 in Vienna, the C11 in Klagenfurt and the C12 in Graz are also operational in the winter months until the early hours of the night. The pilot project in Innsbruck will initially run until the end of March and will then be evaluated together with the state. “Emergencies do not depend on the time of day – that’s why it is imperative to guarantee high-quality medical care from the air even in the dark,” concludes Marco Trefanitz.

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