Doctors Tim Sampson and Nick Heard, both anaesthetists, will begin their placements with CareFlight after a week of specialist training.
Doctors Tim Sampson and Nick Heard, both anaesthetists, will begin their placements with CareFlight after a week of specialist training. Supplied

Medics training takes off

DANGLING from a helicopter is all in a day’s work for CareFlight’s record number of new doctors.

CareFlight Medical Services’ new intake of critical care doctors got a hands-on introduction to their career this week when they were winched out of a helicopter, dumped into water and sent to the scene of a mock car crash.

The exercises were part of the new recruits’ specialist training for their new role as aero-medical doctors for the CareFlight Rescue helicopters.

The area’s helicopter is based at the Gold Coast Airport and services the Tweed region along with the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

Chief medical officer Dr Allan MacKillop said the doctors’ training included a practical skills session using intensive care medical equipment in a non-hospital environment, helicopter crash simulation and underwater escape training.

“We had around 30 new critical care doctors train with us this time, which is the most we’ve ever had in one lot,” Dr MacKillop said.

“Each doctor requires specialist preparation due to the uncontrolled nature of treating patients while in flight and in a non-hospital environment.”

The course was held at various locations, including the Gold Coast Airport and the CareFlight HEMS Academy at Varsity Lakes.



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