Aeromedical Support of Helicopter Medical Evacuation and Rescue Operations,
DANISH DEFENCE COMMAND VEDBAEK AEROMEDICAL SERVICES
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Any helicopter rescue or evacuation mission would seldom be required unless some extraordinary conditions prevailed such as high sea and winds, low clouds, snow, turbulence, cliffs and mountains. This means that aeromedical support of these missions in the planning must have taken into account the type of event possible, the type of aircraft available - and the type of task for the aeromedical crew to be expected. Whatever the mission is under war- or peacetime conditions, of short or long duration, and of urban, mountain, or ocean rescue nature, the task will always be the same human life support. Consequently aeromedical crew must consist of physicians andor paramedics carefully and specifically trained for this ambitious job. Everyone must be familiar with the particular environment and skilled in emergency medical procedures - and the designed vehicles and the necessary support from suitable hospitals in the health care areas.