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Midlands Air Ambulance Charity unveils new £22k medical equipment kit bags

The new streamlined bags are being used up to ten times a day and are further aid the delivery of advanced urgent medical care to patients

Survival rates for patients in Wolverhampton, North Worcestershire and Shropshire in need of the region's air ambulance have been dramatically boosted this week.

The Midlands Air Ambulance Charity's just unveiled new £22,000 medical equipment kit bags to aid clinicians on scene.

The new bespoke bags - which are used up to 10 times a day - are colour-coded to make sourcing items easier for flight doctors and paramedics.

As part of the charity’s consistent approach, the new kit bags are now being used on the service’s three air ambulance helicopters, airbase rapid response vehicles and two critical care cars in Birmingham and the Black Country and Worcester.


Ian Roberts, air operations manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, stated: "Previously the kit bags were bulky and cumbersome. Plus, due to wear and tear would only last up to six months before needing to be replaced. They were also difficult to fix into place in the helicopters, so a solution was required.

The new streamlined bags are being used up to ten times a day and are proving to further aid the delivery of advanced urgent medical care to patients due to the easy access pouches for medicines and equipment."

The bags have been funded by a grant from the HELP Appeal. 

Robert Bertram, chief executive of the appeal, said: "The HELP Appeal is about saving time wherever possible, whether that is funding lifesaving hospital helipads all over the country or funding kit bags which allow doctors to have much quicker access to lifesaving medicine and kit. If we can shave vital minutes off the time it takes to treat a critically ill patient, this could help to save their life."
 

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