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It has been revealed that cardiac conditions are the number one reason LifeFlight was called to Bundaberg over the past 12 months.
Car accidents and falls were the second and third most common reasons for call outs accordong to newly-released statistics which reveal more than six thousand people have received lifesaving care from LifeFlight crews and doctors across Queensland.
The numbers are the highest on record for the aeromedical rescue organisation, proving the need for the service is growing.
Since the organisation’s first airlift, in 1979, more than 56,000 patients have been rescued.
LifeFlight has been saving lives in Queensland, Australia and internationally, with LifeFlight’s Critical Care Doctors, community rescue helicopters and Air Ambulance Jets performing 6,031 critical missions in the last financial year.
In that time, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue community helicopters completed 2,003 community-based missions throughout Queensland.
In a record effort for the Bundaberg RACQ LifeFlight Rescue base, crews flew 298 critical missions between July 2018 and June 2019. The airlifts are valued at more than $3.7 million, but come at no cost to patients.
LifeFlight’s Director of Aeromedical Services, Brian Guthrie, said the rescue crews deliver world class medical care, in some of the most remote and inaccessible parts of Queensland.
“Our community helicopters spent more than 4630 hours performing missions across the state, in the 2018-2019 financial year,” he said.
“These figures show demand is growing for LifeFlight’s critical services.”
“Our highly trained aeromedical crews are ready to continue providing lifesaving care to seriously ill and injured patients, around the clock.”
TOP 5 BUNDABERG PATIENT INJURY AND ILLNESS TYPES
1. Cardiac conditions (44)
2. Motor vehicle & motorcycle accidents – on/off road, quad bike & pedestrian (33)
3. Falls – animal, bushwalking/climbing, elderly, medical, other (26)
4. Animal bites/attacks (23)
5. Medical illness/infection (19)
“Like RACQ, the helicopters provide peace of mind 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – not just for members, but for all Queenslanders,” RACQ spokesperson, Lauren Ritchie, said.
“RACQ LifeFlight services can literally mean the difference between life and death – especially for motorists injured in car crashes.
“We’re urging all drivers to remember the Fatal Five - ensure you’re not drinking and driving, you’ve had enough rest, you’re wearing your seat belt, put away distractions like phones and you’re sticking to the speed limit each and every time you get behind the wheel,” Ms Ritchie said.