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LifeFlight crews and doctors have given a record number of people a second chance at life, performing almost 5,500 lifesaving missions in the Past 12 months.

The end of the financial year marked the charity’s busiest in its 37-year history, with its doctors, community rescue helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,452 missions.

This brings the service's total number of patients helped to more than 50,000 since its very first airlift in 1981.  

Over the 2017-2018 financial year the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters completed 1,819 community-based missions throughout Queensland.

472 of those were completed by the Brisbane-based aeromedical crew. 

The top five mission types for the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters across Queensland, according to injury and illness were: cardiac conditions (352), motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents (on and off road, quad bike and pedestrian) (185), serious illness / infection (185), respiratory conditions (146) and falls (animal, bushwalking/climbing, elderly, medical, other) (116). 

RACQ LIFEFLIGHT HELICOPTER RESCUE TOP 5 QUEENSLAND PATIENT INJURY AND ILLNESS TYPES:
352         Cardiac conditions
185         Motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents (on and off road, quad bike and pedestrian)
185         Serious illness / infection
146         Respiratory conditions
116         Falls (animal, bushwalking/climbing, elderly, medical, other)
 
Brisbane-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter flew 472 lifesaving missions, costing $5.9 million.

TOP 5 BRISBANE PATIENT INJURY AND ILLNESS TYPES:
149 Cardiac conditions 
79   Respiratory conditions 
70   Infection / serious illness
40   Stroke/neurological conditions
38   Motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents (on and off road, quad bike and pedestrian)

Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter flew 450 lifesaving missions, costing $5.6 million
TOP 5 SUNSHINE COAST PATIENT INJURY AND ILLNESS TYPES:
86  Cardiac conditions 
58  Motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents (on and off road, quad bike and pedestrian)
39  Infection / serious illness
36  Falls (animal, bushwalking/climbing, elderly, medical, other)
27  Stroke/neurological conditions

Toowoomba-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter flew 574 lifesaving missions, costing $7.1 million

TOP 5 TOOWOOMBA PATIENT INJURY AND ILLNESS TYPES:
60  Motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents (on and off road, quad bike and pedestrian)
58  Cardiac Conditions
52  Infection / serious illness
39  Respiratory conditions 
35   Abdominal conditions

Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter flew 275 lifesaving missions, costing $3.4 million 
TOP 5 BUNDABERG PATIENT INJURY AND ILLNESS TYPES:
39  Cardiac conditions 
31  Falls (animal, bushwalking/climbing, elderly, medical, other)
27  Abdominal conditions 
23  Motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents (on and off road, quad bike and pedestrian)
19  Infection / serious illness
 
Mount Isa-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter flew 48 lifesaving missions – 65%  increase on last year
TOP 5 MT ISA PATIENT INJURY AND ILLNESS TYPES:
6  Animals bites/attacks
5  Falls (animal, bushwalking/climbing, elderly, medical, other)
4  Stoke/neurological conditions
3  Motor vehicle and motor cycle accidents (on and off road, quad bike and pedestrian)
3  Respiratory conditions

LifeFlight is a community-based charity funded and supported by the LifeFlight Foundation

To support the LifeFlight Foundation visit:
www.lifeflightfoundation.org.au

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