CareFlight’s critical care teams include many of Australia’s top emergency medical professional. Every day they go by helicopter, aeroplane and road vehicles to get an intensive level of care to patients on the scene of the trauma.

But when professional medical help arrives on the scene, it’s very often the case that a patient’s prospects for survival and recovery depend on the local emergency services and volunteers who respond in the crucial first minutes after a traumatic event.

As pictured above, anaesthetist and specialist retrieval doctor Dr Adam Osomanski; intensive care paramedic Liz Ward; and flight nurse Jessica Tallimade, are part of a  bringing the latest knowledge and skills in pre-hospital medicine to Tasmanian emergency services.

The MediSim team recognised how well trained Tasmanian first responders in their roles already.

CareFlight’s experienced clinicians bring them vitally important additional life saving techniques. For example, they learn how to apply a pelvic splint which can be a life-saving procedure; how to safely remove motorcycle helmets after an accident; and effective patient airway management.

The skills and practical training scenarios give emergency services a level of ability and confidence that better equips them to save lives and improve a patients prospects in recovery.

MediSim program manager Colin Brown thanked Tasmania’s participants for taking part and their resounding positive feedback.

“We applaud everyone who came along – including Police, Tasmania Ambulance volunteers, Tasmania Fire officers and Parks Rangers – for so enthusiastically learning the new skills to help save lives,” he said.

CareFlight is grateful to its supporters whose donations allow us to deliver this training free of charge, as well as Spirit of Tasmania.

Acting Chief Executive Officer John McGrath, said Spirit of Tasmania was pleased to support the CareFlight MediSim program for the last four years.

“This vital and unique program has now trained around 300 first responders throughout Tasmania to be better prepared to save lives in their local community,” he said.

To help CareFlight continue taking this vital training around Australia, please donate here.

Corporate groups interested in helping MediSim, please click here.