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LifeFlight saves record number of lives in 2017

2017 was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing 5,344 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.

LifeFlight is a world leader in aeromedical care and Australia's most diversified service with both a fixed and rotary wing fleet, which flew the record number of missions in 2017 with nine rescue helicopters and four air ambulance jets from 12 locations.

The lifesaving RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters completed 1,917 community-based missions throughout Queensland.

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue's 1,917 missions included 121 motor vehicle/motorcycle crashes (on and off road), 295 other life-threatening accidents and emergencies, 42 neonatal transfers and 51 search and rescues. The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters also completed a total of 1,408 inter-hospital transfers around the state.

The top five mission types for RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters, according to injury and illness were:
Cardiac conditions (354); on and off-road motor vehicle/motorcycle accidents (219); respiratory conditions (142); stroke/neurological conditions (111); and falls (including animal, bushwalking/climbing and medical conditions) (109).

LifeFlight Retrieval Medicine staff based on other helicopter providers completed 3,059 missions.

LifeFlight Chief Operating Officer Brian Guthrie said LifeFlight’s aeromedical service helps bridge the gap of inequality in healthcare and ensures all Queenslanders are given access to emergency aeromedical care if they become critically ill or are injured. 

"The hardworking and passionate crews onboard our helicopters work 24/7 across 41 council regions in Queensland and Northern New South Wales. We operate from five community bases in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Bundaberg, Mount Isa, and Toowoomba,” said Mr Guthrie.

“Our helicopters are world-class intensive care units and have fully-trained Critical Care doctors and paramedics on-board.

“At no cost to our patients, this service has been made possible with the help and generous contributions from businesses, councils and Queenslanders looking to give back to their community,” he said. 

With every lifesaving mission costing on average around $12,500, LifeFlight relies on the support of sponsors and partners - including naming rights sponsor RACQ – along with the donations and support of everyday Queenslanders around the state.

LifeFlight works in partnership with Retrieval Services Queensland, which is responsible for clinical coordination for all aeromedical ambulance transport and retrieval.

Brisbane based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter flew 633 lifesaving missions, valued at $7.9 million

TOP 5 BRISBANE PATIENT INJURY AND ILLNESS TYPES:
150 - Cardiac conditions          
48 - Infection/serious illness
33 - Motor vehicle and motor cycle accidents (on and off road, quad bike and pedestrian)
30 - Stroke/neurological conditions
27 - Abdominal conditions           

Toowoomba based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter flew 491 lifesaving missions, costing $6.1 million

TOP 5 TOOWOOMBA PATIENT INJURY AND ILLNESS TYPES:
69 - Motor vehicle and motor cycle accidents (on and off road, quad bike and pedestrian)
59 - Cardiac conditions
30 - Abdominal conditions
23 - Falls (animal, bushwalking/climbing, elderly, medical, other)
34 - Stroke/neurological conditions

Sunshine Coast based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter flew 499 lifesaving missions, costing $6.2 million 

TOP 5 SUNSHINE COAST PATIENT INJURY AND ILLNESS TYPES:
107 - Cardiac conditions
85 - Motor vehicle and motor cycle accidents (on and off road, quad bike and pedestrian)
36 - Falls (animal, bushwalking/climbing, elderly, medical, other)
19 - Respiratory conditions
29 - Stroke/neurological conditions

Bundaberg based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter flew 243 lifesaving missions, costing $3 million 

TOP 5 BUNDABERG PATIENT INJURY AND ILLNESS TYPES:
28 - Motor vehicle and motor cycle accidents (on and off road, quad bike and pedestrian)
24 - Falls (animal, bushwalking/climbing, elderly, medical, other)           
32 - Cardiac conditions
26 - Abdominal conditions
24 - Search missions

Mt Isa based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter flew 33 lifesaving missions, costing $412,500

TOP 5 MT ISA PATIENT INJURY AND ILLNESS TYPES:
3 - Falls (animal, bushwalking/climbing, elderly, medical, other)
4 - Motor vehicle and motor cycle accidents (on and off road, quad bike and pedestrian)
2 - Stroke/neurological conditions
4 - Abdominal conditions
2 - Respiratory conditions

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