Our HEMS colleagues across the ditch in Auckland, NZ have started a website that looks like it will be a great source of information on prehospital care ad medical education. The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust (AHRT) is the latest addition to the Australasian HEMS family, with a 2 year feasibility study of adding full HEMS capability with medical crewing using a joint physician/intensive care paramedic (ICP) to their existing ICP only platform. It will be interesting to see what they show, as ICPs in NZ are already very highly trained with quite liberal protocols including ketamine and RSI without direct medical oversight.
Of note, AHRT were the first civilian surf rescue helicopter service in the world and carried out the first recorded surf rescue by helicopter in 1970 using a Hiller 12E. They’ve moved on a bit and currently operate 2 BK-117s but rumour has it they’re soon to move to the shiny new AW-169. Who knows, maybe we’ll see them at smacc…? Check out their site at http://aucklandhems.com