Shenzhen Hospital of Southern Medical University
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Shenzhen Hospital of Southern Medical University inked a deal with an aviation company June 20, 2017, making it the first hospital in the city to have a permanent rescue helicopter, the Bao’an Daily reported.
The hospital and Shanghai King Wing Aviation came to a strategic cooperation agreement, which will provide the hospital with an AW119 helicopter, which is the only light-weight single-engine helicopter that is mounted with the Emergency Medical Service System (EMSS), making it nearly equal to an ambulance in terms of medical equipment, according to Wu Baozi, vice president of the company’s medical operations in Guangdong.
According to the aviation company, to ensure efficient and timely rescue operations, the helicopter and flight crew will be stationed at the hospital on stand-by status. Whenever there is an emergency mission, they will be deployed along with the medical staff.
With a three-ton maximum takeoff weight, the AW119 beats out other comparable helicopters in both maximum load and travel distance. It is also a quick, stable and quiet aircraft, with a capacity of up to five people, comprising a pilot, a co-pilot, a doctor, a nurse and the patient, Wu added.
The type of rescue aircraft used depends on flight distance and circumstance. A helicopter is used when the distance is less than 150 kilometers and the conditions do not allow for an airplane to take off. On the contrary, an airplane is suitable for circumstances where the distance is longer than 150 kilometers and the patient’s condition requires controlled cabin pressure.
Regarding concerns about air traffic due to issues such as strict air control, a spokesperson from the company said that China is supportive of aerial rescue, and allows almost instant approval of flight application, so aircraft can take off within 30 minutes and arrive within 45 to 60 minutes, which is in accordance with international standards. What’s more, flight route applications for transfers between hospitals can be filed one to two days in advance.
As Shenzhen’s first rescue helicopter base, the hospital will also become the home base for police and marine rescue helicopters. So far, it has established a transfer and rescue network between Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Huizhou, and plans to conduct an emergency rescue before arriving at the hospital once the transfer system is fully developed.
To date, King Wing’s service offers helicopters for professional medical organizations across 22 provinces and regions in China, and the company expects approximately 150 helicopters to be put into use during its first phase.