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Beijing Daily: Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Aviation Emergency Passage Established
Source: Posted Date:01-26-2018

(Reporter Liu Huan) Last weekend, China-Japan Friendship Hospital(CJFH) and Red Cross Society of China Beijing Branch 999 Emergency Center co-organized the “Aviation Medical Rescue Seminar”. At the seminar, 999 Emergency Center President Tian Zhenbiao said that they would cooperate with tertiary hospitals like CJFH to establish acute and critical disease patients’ aviation transport green passage in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.

“Nowadays, traffic jam has become a difficult problem of medical emergency.” CJFH President Wang Chen said, “Aviation medical rescue is a relatively new thing in China due to different developing reasons and management system of our society and we are still at the starting stage in this aspect.”

It is reported that CJFH is close to the Jingcheng Expressway and the Airport Expressway and it is the most convenient national Third Grade Class A General Hospital which is nearest to Beijing Capital International Airport. The newly-built parking apron last year is close to the East Road of the North Third Ring Road. And it is the nearest medical apron to Beijing downtown area with 24-hour full-time response and taking-off as well as landing capacity of night navigation, realizing the seamless connection between air and ground rescue. Since the first aviation medical rescue of CJFH and 999, the hospital has successfully admitted and transported 13 cases of aviation medical rescue patients by now.

The aviation emergency transport cooperation between 999 and CJFH has formed a mature model that can be duplicated and popularized. Tian Zhenbiao said that in the future, 999 will cooperate with tertiary medical institutions like People's Hospital, Chaoyang Hospital, The General Hospital of the People's Liberation Army (301 PLAGH), 307 Hospital of PLA, Beijing Jishuitan Hospital, Beijing Tian Tan Hospital and Beijing Xuan Wu Hospital to build such kind of acute and critical disease patients’ aviation transport green passage on the base of different specialist disease category settings of different hospitals, mainly radiating the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.

It is reported that 999 is equipped with two professional aviation medical rescue helicopters, a fixed-wing aircraft and two specialized aviation medical rescue ambulances now. And it takes the lead in our country to first launch air-ground integrated rescue model and establish an emergency medical rescue transport network centering on the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and covering the surrounding area of 600 kilometers with Beijing as the center. Up to now, 999 has completed more than 200 cases of air medical transport tasks and built nearly 300 temporary taking-off and landing places within the scope of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.

However, the aviation medical rescue still seems to be too “high-end and inaccessible” for the general people mainly for its “high price”. In response, Tian Zhenbiao said that the Red Cross Society of China Beijing Branch and the insurance industry had done much work and launched a series of insurance types related to aviation rescue, trying to ensure that everybody can enjoy the aviation rescue and other safeguards. Combining social insurance and commercial insurance to solve this problem is still under discussion.

“We transported a dozen patients by aviation medical last year. And it has been gradually become a vertically rising trend and a virtuous circle.  Market research proves that it is acceptable to common people if the expense of aviation medical rescue for one time is several thousand yuan." Tian Zhenbiao said frankly, " With more and more understanding from the public, this industry will enter a virtuous circle and the problem could be solved."

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