Project information

Patient Monitors for Preservation of Life

There is one key piece of equipment which East Anglian Air Ambulance could not do without, used on a daily basis and across the board in terms of the incident types we attend. These are multi-functional monitors which must be purchased to uphold standards of treatment.

EAAA is hoping to evaluate the monitors available over the forthcoming year and select the most appropriate to our clinical needs. Once in service the purchased devices would have an operational life of approximately 5 years.

Charity information: East Anglian Air Ambulance

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  • Need

    Need

    Since the Charity’s inception in 2000 we have attended over 20,000 missions in the service of local people. Demand for our service is increasing with mission numbers having risen by 29% since 2015. Having up to date and effective medical equipment with which to treat our patients is essential. Patients involved in trauma and the other types of medical emergency we attend are typically in a critical condition and need to be observed closely throughout treatment.

    Solution

    Multi-purpose monitors must be routinely used with every patient attended by EAAA. The purchase of these devices will allow us to assess our patients’ vital signs which we would otherwise be unable to do, resulting in an increased rate of mortality. Such monitors have built-in defibrillators and can provide monitoring of blood pressure and oxygen levels, with a facility for electrocardiogram. The purchase of this device will allow us to continue to treat patients effectively.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Monitoring the vital signs of patients in order to ensure the life and health of patients.

    Activities

    » The purchase of updated monitors to track patient's vital signs and maintain stability of patients during treatment and transfer.

    The success of the new monitors will be made clear to donors via updates including statistics regarding patients treated using the new equipment.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Our clinical team is linking with the Trauma Audit Research Network (TARN) to understand more about the long term impact of the treatment we provide. Our clinicians debrief after every mission and learning is captured to influence training in the continual improvement of the service. The multi-purpose monitors we hope to purchase will provide around five years of service to our patients and their impact will be demonstrated through success stories among those we have treated.

    Risk

    The successful implementation of new monitors is dependent on our ability to secure the optimal devises for our purposes. Purchasing equipment not suited to a pre-hospital emergency medical environment or continuing to use older devices beyond their recommended lifespan would compromise the treatment to our patients. Therefore the operational team will appraise the devices available on the market and through clinical evaluation make an informed decision.

    Reporting

    Donors will be made aware of project outcomes in writing, through the provision of the Charity’s yearly accounts, review, the annual meeting and tailored written reports.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £32,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £32,000 Equipment Purchase Cost to purchase at least one monitor for use treating patients across East Anglia
  • Background

    Location

    EAAA primarily serves the East of England, including Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. With a cruising speed of 135 knots, EAAA is able to reach patients anywhere in East Anglia within 25 minutes, often in remote locations. In addition to this, as one of few air ambulances with Civil Aviation Authority approval to fly at night, our area of service expands into neighbouring counties during the hours of darkness offering wider geographic scope.

    Beneficiaries

    Patients experiencing a wide variety of illnesses and injuries benefit from our service. Cardiac arrest and road traffic collisions are among the most common cases we treat. 1546 patients were treated during 2016. As all patients must be monitored and the demand for our service is increasing, the scope of a full suite of devices over a 5 year lifespan would be to treat approximately 8,000 patients.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Since our launch in 2000 we have attended over 20,000 missions. With a cruising speed of 135 knots, we are able to reach patients anywhere in East Anglia within 25 minutes, even in remote locations. With a crew comprising doctors and critical care paramedics, equipped with specialised medical equipment, we are effectively able to fly the expertise of the A&E department directly to the patient, making the difference between life and death.

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    People

    Matthew Jones

    As Director of Clinical Operations, he and his team are responsible for evaluating and implementing new equipment to enhance our clinical service.