LifeFlight gets high-tech simulator for medical crews


One of Queensland’s busiest helicopter rescue services is finding more ways to save lives. The RACQ’s LifeFlight is training medical crews under extreme conditions.

Jacob Condon reports.

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LifeFlight doctors, nurses and paramedics will now be able to practise saving lives as if they were in the air in a new high-tech and incredibly life-like simulator.

Dr Duncan McAuley, LifeFlight: “The whole idea of this is we can practise the high stress, high risk rarer medical emergencies.”

It’s a step up on very basic previous training methods because it replicates high pressure situations that medical crews will be facing during rescues.

Dr McAuley, LifeFlight: “A lot of the decisions that we have to make in a helicopter are critical and split second. The initial training is that we have very well qualified docters and nurses and paramedics that work within our service.”

Medics can also practise communicating in noisy and volatile situations where they must remain calm and concise.

The simulator was only made possible through public donations.

One of the largest gifts from Brisbane businessmen the Mactaggart brothers who say you never know when you’re going to need it.

John Mactaggart, Donor: “We didn’t think we were going to need it. But we did, and we’re grateful it was there. If they didn’t train it, you don’t know what would’ve happened.”

Last finanical year LifeFlight carried out over more than 6,000 operations, a new record, so the demand for well trained crews is increasing.

Jacob Condon, QUT news.