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LifeFlight soars through record breaking financial year

Newly-released statistics reveal more than six thousand people have received lifesaving care from LifeFlight crews and doctors in the past 12 months.  

The numbers are the highest on record for the aeromedical rescue organisation, proving the need for the service is growing.

Since the organisation’s first airlift, in 1979, more than 56,000 patients have been rescued.

LifeFlight has been saving lives in Queensland, Australia and internationally, with LifeFlight’s Critical Care Doctors, community rescue helicopters and Air Ambulance Jets performing 6031 critical missions in the last financial year.

In that time, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue community helicopters completed 2,003 community-based missions throughout Queensland.

In the 2018-2019 financial year, Brisbane crews flew 508 critical missions, nearly 8 per cent more than last year.

The airlifts are valued at more than $6.3 million, but come at no cost to patients.

LifeFlight’s Director of Aeromedical Services, Brian Guthrie, said the rescue crews deliver world class medical care, in some of the most remote and inaccessible parts of Queensland.

“Our community helicopters spent more than 4630 hours performing missions across the state, in the 2018-2019 financial year,” he said.

“These figures show demand is growing for LifeFlight’s critical services.”

“Our highly trained aeromedical crews are ready to continue providing lifesaving care to seriously ill and injured patients, around the clock.”

“Like RACQ, the helicopters provide peace of mind 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – not just for members, but for all Queenslanders,” RACQ spokesperson, Lauren Ritchie, said.  

“RACQ LifeFlight services can literally mean the difference between life and death – especially for motorists injured in car crashes.

“We’re urging all drivers to remember the Fatal Five - ensure you’re not drinking and driving, you’ve had enough rest, you’re wearing your seat belt, put away distractions like phones and you’re sticking to the speed limit each and every time you get behind the wheel,” Ms Ritchie said.

TOP 5 BRISBANE PATIENT INJURY AND ILLNESS TYPES

1.       Cardiac conditions (155)

2.       Neonatal/paediatric (155)

3.       Medical illness/infection (72)

4.       Respiratory conditions (71)

5.       Stroke/neurological conditions (45)

TOP 5 TOOWOOMBA PATIENT INJURY AND ILLNESS TYPES

1.       Medical illness/ infection (84)

2.       Motor vehicle & motorcycle accidents – on/off road, quad bike & pedestrian (76)

3.       Cardiac conditions (46)

4.       Respiratory conditions (41)

5.       Falls – animal, bushwalking/climbing, elderly, medical, other (37)

TOP 5 SUNSHINE COAST PATIENT INJURY AND ILLNESS TYPES

1.       Cardiac conditions (117)

2.       Motor vehicle & motorcycle accidents – on/off road, quad bike & pedestrian (88)

3.       Medical illness/infection (36)

4.       Falls – animal, bushwalking/climbing, elderly, medical, other (32)

5.       Stroke/neurological conditions (31)

TOP 5 BUNDABERG PATIENT INJURY AND ILLNESS TYPES

1.       Cardiac conditions (44)

2.       Motor vehicle & motorcycle accidents – on/off road, quad bike & pedestrian (33)

3.       Falls – animal, bushwalking/climbing, elderly, medical, other (26)

4.       Animal bites/attacks (23)

5.       Medical illness/infection (19)

TOP 5 MOUNT ISA PATIENT INJURY AND ILLNESS TYPES

1.       Search and rescues (9)

2.       Motor vehicle & motorcycle accidents – on/off road, quad bike & pedestrian (8)

3.       Cardiac conditions (6)

4.       Falls – animal, bushwalking/climbing, elderly, medical, other (4)

5.       Medical illness/infection (4)