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First Transnational Aviation Rescue of Critically-ill Patients Conducted by CJFH and 999 Emergency Service
Source: Posted Date:05-26-2018

On May 21, 2018, China-Japan Friendship Hospital (CJFH) joined hands with the 999 Emergency Service in a successful transfer of a critically-ill patient through a transnational aviation rescue program.
A 29-year-old male patient was in distress when traveling in Okinawa, Japan. He had respiratory and cardiac arrest after drowning. He was treated in a local hospital after performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. But the condition was extremely serious and he needed to be transported back to China for further treatment. 999 immediately launched fixed-wing aviation medical transshipment after receiving the calling for help, and Doctor Duan Jun of CJFH SICU, Doctor. Wei Yanfang of 999 and others immediately formed a joint treatment team and quickly gathered to go to Okinawa.
After arriving at the local hospital in Okinawa, Japan, the medical team quickly performed a pre-transshipment assessment for the patient. Doctor Wei Yanfang quickly conducted a comprehensive assessment for the patient’s physical examination. Doctor Duan Jun performed a bedside pre-transshipment ultrasound assessment. The bedside ultrasound assessment revealed that the patient had pneumomediastinum and pneumothorax, and the patient’s ventilator support level was immediately lowered. Due to the critical condition and the tight schedule, the transshipment team immediately decided to transfer the patient back to China for treatment.
This is an emergency rescue that competes against time which requires the urgent cooperation and concerted collaboration of the aircrew, medical care, transportation control, logistical support and all the related personnel. During the transit, the pilots adjusted the flight altitude in time to keep the aircraft stable and reduce the flight time; the medical staff paid close attention to the patient’s vital signs and made relevant medical adjustments whenever necessary according to the condition of the patient ; and the logistical support personnel did a good job in the connection of airports, hospitals, and ambulances to ensure that patients could receive rapid and effective treatment. Finally, the patient arrived in Beijing at 1 a.m. on May 21, taking less than 5 hours for the entire flight and land transit.
This is the first time for CJFH to work with 999 aviation medical rescue by using fixed-wing aircraft to transport critically-ill patients from Okinawa, Japan. This joint transshipment integrated CJFH’s medical team enjoying rich emergency treatment experience and advanced transit assessment equipment with the perfect aviation medical rescue team of 999 to provide patients with more professional, safer and more efficient aviation medicine transport guarantees.