Journal of Marine Medical Society

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 121--129

Critical care air transport team and patient transfer unit: A decade of experience of a zonal hospital


Parli Raghavan Ravi1, MC Joshi1, Manish Dhawan2, Sarubh Sud3, MN Vijai1 
1 Department of Anaesthesiology, Command Hospital Air Force, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Anaesthesiology, Army Hospital R & R, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Anaesthesiology, Hospital (SC), Pune, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Gp Capt (Dr) Parli Raghavan Ravi
Department of Anaesthesiology, Command Hospital Air Force, Bengaluru, Karnataka
India

Introduction: The critical care air transport team (CCATT) established in 2007 a vital components of medical evacuations (MEDEVAC) in north-east India. Aim of the Study: The aim of this study was to highlight the importance of obtaining epidemiological data pertaining to the patients transported by CCATT. Method: Cases were analyzed based on the following criteria: age, sex, diagnosis of patient ,spectrum of disease and trauma, ventilation modes, inotropic support, hours of illness/injury before transport, flying time, flight distance, dedicated missions, interventions done aboard the flight and outcomes in the patient within 48 hours. Results: As many as 305 patients were analysed.39.5% patients were surgical patients, 58.5% medical and 1% was pediatric. Among surgical patients 56.8% patients were of poly trauma, 22.8% had traumatic brain injury. 68.8% of the patients transported were non-battle casualties. Dedicated missions constituted 43.4%, while the longest time for CCATT to return to base was 28 hours, shortest been 4 hours.46.8% of the patients required ventilatory support.63.4% of the patients were on inotropic support. 82.6% of the patients survived first 24 hours while 72.6 % of the patient survived 48 hours. Conclusion: Understanding the epidemiology of casualties evacuated by CCATT is an imperative requirement for the developments of effective pre-deployment training to ensure optimal outcomes for critically injured.


How to cite this article:
Ravi PR, Joshi M C, Dhawan M, Sud S, Vijai M N. Critical care air transport team and patient transfer unit: A decade of experience of a zonal hospital.J Mar Med Soc 2019;21:121-129


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Ravi PR, Joshi M C, Dhawan M, Sud S, Vijai M N. Critical care air transport team and patient transfer unit: A decade of experience of a zonal hospital. J Mar Med Soc [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Sep 20 ];21:121-129
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