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Helicopter rescue takes off in Hunan

Updated: 2016-11-09

 

Helicopters will now be used for emergency rescue in Central China's Hunan province.

 

Xiangya Hospital of Central South University has become the first facility in Hunan to launch an air rescue service, after signing a deal with Shanghai-based Kingwing Aviation to build an air rescue network covering the whole province by 2018.

 

A rescue helicopter takes off to pick up a patient during an air rescue drill which took place in Changsha, Hunan province, on Nov 3. [Photo by Huang Qiqing/Changsha Evening News]

 

A rescue drill was carried out on Nov 3, displaying the shortened time it takes using a helicopter when transporting a patient from one side of Xiangjiang River, which winds through Hunan's capital Changsha, to the hospital on the other side.

 

Medical staff at Xiangya Hospital receive a patient from the rescue helicopter. [Photo by Huang Qiqing/Changsha Evening News]

 

"Rescue time is particularly valuable for patients suffering myocardial and cerebral infarctions," said Zhou Liping, a doctor of Xiangya Hospital who attended the rescue drill. "It takes just 10 minutes to pick up the patient and give him timely medical treatment with a helicopter, much faster than with an ordinary ambulance."

 

The patient is rushed to the hospital during an air rescue drill which took place in Changsha, Hunan province, on Nov 3. [Photo by Huang Qiqing/Changsha Evening News]

 

The helicopter is equipped with first aid kits, a respirator, syringe pump and oxygen cylinder, so that doctors can carry out treatment in-flight.

 

"Helicopter rescue is considered the fastest and safest way of emergency rescue," said Li Xiaogang, director of emergency department of Xiangya Hospital. "It is widely applied in developed countries but in China it is still in its infancy."

 

Helicopter rescue is currently too expensive for most people, with the fare costing some 40,000 yuan ($5,909) per hour. However, Kingwing Aviation will launch a yearly membership card costing 199 yuan, said Chen Hui, the company's Chief Marketing Officer for Central China.

 

Source: Changsha Evening News