Two new helipads for life flight operations will become operational at the Hamad Medical Corporation's (HMC) new surgical facility within two-three weeks.
"The two new helipads will be operational within two-three weeks once the surgical facility starts receiving patients. Currently, Hamad General Hospital (HGH) has two helipads — one above the Starbucks and another near the Women's hospital, which is for emergency cases," HMC Assistant Director of Ambulance Service Ali Darwish told reporters recently.
Darwish said at the old one the patient is brought down from the helicopter, taken to the elevator, put in an ambulance and then driven to the emergency department. "With the operation of two new helipads, the ambulance part will not be there. It will help save around 20 minutes. The helipad can accommodate two helicopters and can land a helicopter 24x7," he said. "We have fire fighters at the facility to secure the helicopter landing."
Darwish said,"We save people from outside the street. All we have to do is land the helicopter on the roof of this building. The patient will go directly to the operation theatre."
He said the Ambulance Service has a technology which helps communicate with the hospital prior to the arrival of the patient."When we are on the site to pick a patient who is very sick, we start communicating the heart beat of the patient to the hospital. So, the hospital will know the age, gender and the degree of injury as well as all vital records, including heart beats."
"This will help the hospital prepare a special team to deal with the case. So, they will have all the information prior to the arrival. By the time the patient arrives at the hospital, the doctors will be ready," he added.
For his part, HMC Senior Consultant Surgery and Critical Care Dr Ruben Peralta Rosario said,"The patient will be brought by a helicopter avoiding the traffic and delay. Once the patient lands here, he/she will be in the ICU of operation theatre within three minutes. So, a life can be saved. In accident cases, time is very important. There is Golden Hour. If a patient is treated within the first or second hour (Golden Hour) of the accident, the chance of recovery is better."
Source Credit: Qatar Tribune