Having a chat at the Toowoomba Library are (from left) Dr Andrew Pearce, Air Force Flight Lieutenant Ze Goon and Air Force Squadron Leader Lisa Martin.
Having a chat at the Toowoomba Library are (from left) Dr Andrew Pearce, Air Force Flight Lieutenant Ze Goon and Air Force Squadron Leader Lisa Martin. Bev Lacey

LifeFlight's new tech make flying emergency departments

RACQ Lifeflight's new $20million rescue helicopters will basically be flying emergency departments, according to the service's chief medical officer.

Dr Allan MacKillop was one of the guest speakers at the Innovation in Aeromedical Transport conference at the Toowoomba Library on Saturday, where he discussed LifeFlight's use of the latest medical equipment to help save lives.

Dr MacKillop said the two new AW139 choppers, which will be based in the upcoming Clive Berghofer medical retrieval centre at the Toowoomba Aerodrome, were necessary to keep up with the 20 per cent annual growth in demand for rescue services.

 

"We've got all the resuscitation equipment and diagnostic equipment that you would have in an emergency department in a major hospital," he said.

"That includes ultrasound, intravenous fluid, warming equipment, ventilators to help the patient, full monitoring equipment and so on."

The three-day conference brought medical and transport experts from across Australia to Toowoomba to talk about industry challenges and opportunities.



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