LifeFlight soars through another record year of saving lives

LifeFlight Australia has just clocked up another record year of saving lives throughout Queensland, and around the world, with its doctors, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing 5,724 lifesaving missions in 2018.

LifeFlight is a world leader in aeromedical care and one of Australia's most trusted services, with a fleet including three fixed wing aircraft, as well as ten rotary wing assets operating out of seven base facilities across the Sunshine state.

In 2018, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue's community helicopters completed 1,877 critical missions.

Between January 1st and December 31st last year, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crews provided urgent aeromedical care in a wide range of situations.

The top five missions, according patient to injury and illness were: cardiac conditions (352), serious illness and infection (198), on and off-road motor vehicle accidents (192), respiratory conditions (136) and falls (including bushwalking/climbing, animal and medical incidents) (125).

LifeFlight's Director of Aeromedical Services, Brian Guthrie, said the rescue service crews are passionate about providing the best care to Queenslanders.

"In the 2018 calendar year, our community helicopters spent more than 4,345 hours performing critical missions.

"These numbers just show how important this service is to regional, and rural parts of the state," he said.

"The choppers are essentially a flying intensive care unit and the treatment we provide, we believe, is second to none."

In 2018 Brisbane crews flew 464 critical missions, valued at more than $5.8 million, at no cost to patients.

TOP 5 BRISBANE PATIENT INJURY AND ILLNESS TYPES

1. Cardiac conditions (143)

2. Respiratory conditions (76)

3. Serious infections and illnesses (66)

4. Stroke/neurological conditions (43)

5. On and off-road motor vehicle accidents (33)

Brisbane's RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter crews also performed more than a quarter of all neonatal transfers throughout Queensland in 2018.

In 2018 Sunshine Coast crews flew 467 critical missions, valued at more than $5.8 million, at no cost to patients.

TOP 5 SUNSHINE COAST PATIENT INJURY AND ILLNESS TYPES

1. Cardiac conditions (101)

2. On and off-road motor vehicle accidents (61)

3. Serious infections and illnesses (34)

4. Falls (including animal, bushwalking/climbing (32)

5. Stroke/neurological conditions (31)

In 2018, Toowoomba was RACQ LifeFlight Rescue's busiest base.

Crews flew 593 critical missions, valued at more than $7.4 million, at no cost to patients.

TOP 5 TOOWOOMBA PATIENT INJURY AND ILLNESS TYPES

1. Serious infections and illnesses (72)

2.On and off-road motor vehicle accidents (64)

3.Cardiac conditions (58)

4. Falls (including animal, bushwalking/climbing (36)

5. Respiratory conditions (36)

In 2018 Bundaberg crews flew 306 critical missions, valued at more than $3.8 million, at no cost to patients.

TOP 5 BUNDABERG PATIENT INJURY AND ILLNESS TYPES

1. Cardiac conditions (45)

2. Falls (including animal, bushwalking/climbing (36)

3. On and off-road motor vehicle accidents (30)

4. Serious infections and illnesses (22)

5. Animal bites/stings/envenomation (19)

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the Club was proud to have supported the choppers for 25 years. 

"As road safety advocates, the amazing work the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crews do every day, tending to Queenslanders involved in road crashes and other incidents, is very close to our hearts. That’s why we’re so happy to support this life-saving service,” Ms Ross said.

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