Bell leads Air Med­i­cal Ser­vices train­ing in China

China’s gov­ern­ment plans to build a mod­ern health­care sys­tem which will in­clude an ex­ten­sive air med­i­cal ser­vices net­work

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Bell He­li­copter, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Shaanxi He­li­copter Co. and Shaanxi Provin­cial Peo­ple’s Hos­pi­tal, have com­pleted an Air Med­i­cal Ser­vices (AMS) train­ing exercise in China.

This exercise is an ini­tial step to­ward devel­op­ing air med­i­cal ca­pa­bil­ity for the Im­ple­men­ta­tion Pro­gram for a Joint Pi­lot of Avi­a­tion Med­i­cal Res­cue launched ear­lier this year by the Na­tional Health Com­mis­sion of China and the Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity of China (CAAC).

“To­gether with SHC, we are ex­cited to be lead­ing the de­vel­op­ment of an Air Med­i­cal Ser­vices net­work in China,” said Jac­into Monge, Bell manag­ing direc­tor for North Asia.

“Dur­ing the two-week event, ex­per­tise on best prac­tices was shared through aca­demic sem­i­nars and prac­ti­cal train­ing us­ing real-life sim­u­la­tions.”

With the sup­port from Med-Trans Cor­po­ra­tion, a US air med­i­cal ser­vice com­pany, more than 50 peo­ple from Shaanxi He­li­copter and the Peo­ple’s Hos­pi­tal participat­ed in the exercise which cov­ered avi­a­tion safety prac­tices and cul­ture, func­tions and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for med­i­cal trans­port, flight plan­ning and de­ci­sion making, crew re­source man­age­ment and flight phys­i­ol­ogy. In ad­di­tion, an in­tro­duc­tion to the cross-func­tional co­or­di­na­tion among emer­gency response, med­i­cal care, dis­patch and avi­a­tion was pro­vided to create a safe and ef­fec­tive air med­i­cal net­work so­lu­tion for China.

Re­search from the As­so­ci­a­tion of Air Med­i­cal Ser­vices (AAMS) and AS­CEND, has shown that air med­i­cal ser­vices can sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the mor­tal­ity rate of pa­tients and im­prove the out­come of treat­ment. At present, there are more than 1,200 civil­ian air med­i­cal he­li­copters serv­ing 320 mil­lion peo­ple in the United States; China cur­rently has less than 100 civil­ian air med­i­cal he­li­copters serv­ing 1.4 bil­lion peo­ple.

China’s cen­tral gov­ern­ment plans to build a mod­ern health­care sys­tem which will in­clude an ex­ten­sive air med­i­cal ser­vices net­work.

More than 50 peo­ple from Shaanxi He­li­copter and the Peo­ple’s Hos­pi­tal participat­ed in the exercise .

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