RACQ LifeFlight Air Ambulance brings Bali accident patient home

The Challenger 604 Jet touched down at Brisbane Airport just before 2 o’clock this morning, where it was met by Queensland Ambulance Service officers, who transported the patient to hospital.

The jet left Brisbane on Thursday night, with some of the most experienced professionals in emergency international medical retrieval on board, including an RACQ LifeFlight critical care doctor and specialist flight nurse.

The aeromedical team landed in Denpasar early yesterday morning, with the medical crew then travelling several hours by road to collect the patient from a Balinese hospital, before returning to the RACQ LifeFlight aircraft to begin the journey home.

The man, who was suffering head injuries, was stabilised and monitored throughout the flight back to Australia, which was undertaken at low level, due to his condition.

“In this case we’re flying the aircraft at a lower altitude, which means that we can keep the cabin at a sea-level pressure, which helps reduce the pressure changes on the patient,” said RACQ LifeFlight’s executive manager of Air Ambulance Jets, Tim Healee.

The patient’s parents travelled on the RACQ LifeFlight jet with their son, from Bali to Brisbane.