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CJFH Coordinates with 999 to First Develop Reception and Aviation Rescue of Critically Ill Patients at Night in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Area
Source: Posted Date:12-29-2017

“At the end of a year, the Spring Festival will ring out the past year and ring in the new one. This is the end of the Year of the Rooster, and we will embrace a brighter future in the next year.” On December, 14, 2017, China-Japan Friendship Hospital (CJFH) first developed reception and aviation rescue of critically ill patients at night by helicopters and started a new chapter for the hospital emergency medical rescue system construction.

An 82-year-old man was critically ill with severe respiratory failure due to double lungs infection. After the assessment of the local hospital, the patient needed to be transferred to more authoritative superior hospitals in respiratory disease diagnosis and treatment field. After full communication with CJFH experts and 999 dispatching personnel, the patient was transferred by 999 Emergency Center helicopter from the Zhangjiakou City of Hebei Province and arrived at CJFH to receive emergency and subsequent treatment in the evening of December, 14 after flying 180 kilometers.
At 17:30, the city of Beijing was immersed in darkness. The 999 helicopter transporting team arrived safely at the CJFH apron. The medical staff has made every preparation before the arrival of the helicopter, without a pause during the patient transferring process. After receiving the patient, Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine Department IV immediately carried out treatment, actively communicated with the families and well pacified them.
The smooth development of this CJFH helicopter night rescue was mainly benefited from the following aspects:
The CJFH leaders attached great importance to aviation medical rescue and made overall arrangement and direction, fully reflecting their foresight and sagacity on future aviation medical rescue.
The medical staff of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine Department IV and local doctors carried out close communication and the department enjoyed complete medical treatment power.
Diagnostic Radiology Department provided green inspection channel and imaging support for patients upon arrival;
The Information Center of Operation and Information Department acquired and matched the imaging information of patients timely;
Logistics and Security Defending Office established and maintained the apron and its ancillary facilities, and directed and safeguarded the patients transferring route inside CJFH.
Department of Medical Affairs was in charge of the ground service, coordination and complete process management work of this task.
By 22:00, the medical staff of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine Department IV and other relative departments was still working on the treatment of patients wholeheartedly. And we expect that the patient could recover as soon as possible.
The night navigation of helicopters differs from fixed wing navigation in many aspects. Due to low flying altitude and complex operating environment, helicopter night navigation is more dependent on good external environment conditions. Compared with day flight, it is more difficult to determine the wind direction, wind speed and choose proper landing point. For the landing of night flight, whether the apron equips with complete night identifying guidelines is the key point of successful landing of helicopters in addition to skillful operation of the captain and the high requirement of helicopter equipment.
CJFH is the nearest air medical rescue platform to the center of Beijing which enjoys 24-hour full-time response and night navigation function. The accomplishment of this night aviation rescue task demonstrated our ability and reliable process of night aviation rescue, the complete maintenance of the apron and auxiliary light facilities and our strength of developing helicopter night aviation rescue with 999.