The morning at Castle Medflight started as it usually does, sipping coffee and beginning our update briefings. As we discussed our individual milestones and our coming business development goals phones and computers started beeping simultaneous alerts.
A network partner of ours in the Caribbean was reaching out with an emergency evacuation of a patient who was actively having a cardiac event. Cardiac issues can be life threatening in the United States. According to the American heart Association in 2016 alone more than 350,000 out-of-Hospital Cardiac arrests occurred with an overall survival rate 0f 12%. What is remarkable is that 46% of these patients received immediate bystander CPR from qualified providers and received rapid emergency response and transport to appropriate medical facilities. With access to proper medical facilities, trained support, and near immediate transit to care only 12 out of 100 cardiac patients survived.
In an austere medical environment where there is no support or care these statistics drop even further. Our patient did not have proper medical support nearby, response time in the crowded streets and across under developed roles was outside "the golden hour" of treatment and response, and finally the hospital in the region was understaffed and not properly equipped to handle an advanced cardiac case. Circumstances from the onset of the patients symptoms were stacked against them. Fortunately the aid mission our patient was working with had put an emergency response plan in place for these types of emergencies.
When the patient first came down with symptoms the aid mission immediately contacted our on ground partner, the only US level ambulance company with trained paramedics. Upon arrival on scene the paramedics assessed the patient and made the immediate decision to evacuate the patient out of country. Being aware of the patient's individual history as well as the lack of availability of cardiac specialty equipment at the central hospital the patient side paramedics triggered the alert.
During the transport to the hospital we remained in constant contact via our telemedicine capabilities, contacted our patient's insurance provider, obtained approval for the flight, readied multiple airframes, and launched the aeromedical team. By the time our patient had reached the on-ground hospital he only had to be held and stabilized for 30 minutes before our airframe would be wheels down.
This patient is currently safely on their way to world class treatment in one of our CONNECT Network facilities. Through a proper emergency evacuation plan and partner the on ground Aid Mission was able to provide a vital lifeline to their volunteers in their time of need. A scenario that could have ended is catastrophe in the United States has resulted in a good prognosis for full recovery thanks to the rapid response capabilities as well as technical proficiency of both Castle Medflight as well as our CONNECT Network partners.
Church groups, aid organizations, corporations, and government entities globally all deserve the world class response and support that is found domestically. Castle Medflight can deliver that support. Call us today!