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Establishing an Emergency Aeromedical Service for Ireland. Dr Cathal O’Donnell Medical Director NAS Rural, Island & Dispensing Doctors of Ireland Conference October 2012. Aeromedical models Charitable Commercial Ambulance service based Existing state assets.

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Establishing an emergency aeromedical service for ireland

Establishing an Emergency Aeromedical Service for Ireland

Dr Cathal O’Donnell

Medical Director NAS

Rural, Island & Dispensing Doctors of Ireland ConferenceOctober 2012


Aeromedical models

  • Charitable

  • Commercial

  • Ambulance service based

  • Existing state assets


Emergency Aeromedical Service

  • 12 month pilot project National Ambulance Service and Irish Air Corps

  • Evaluate and quantify need for such a service in Ireland


  • 10 hours per day 365 days per year

  • Custume Barracks Athlone

  • Military crew: 2 pilots 1 crewman (also EMT)

  • NAS crew: 1 Advanced Paramedic

  • Activation by NAS crew on scene

  • Predetermined clinical activation criteria


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