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Every second counts – Especially Offshore

In emergencies, speed is crucial to improving the patient’s chances of survival. While emergency rescue is quick and smooth on land and going to one’s primary care provider a matter of course, being located miles off the coast presents major challenges. All offshore rescues by their very nature include a gap in time before professional help can be on site. The holistic WINDEAcare concept allows us to begin treatment during the long journey back to shore and arrival at the treating hospital.

What happens in an emergency

In an offshore emergency, the victim’s colleagues have a specific role to play: they have to provide first aid for at least 30 minutes, but often even longer. So that they are not left without help in this situation, the Emergency Medical Dispatch & Support Center staffed with paramedic professionals supports the first aiders on site by telephone or radio link and consults the telemedicine centre, if necessary. Audio, images and vital signs (ECG, oxygen saturation and blood pressure, etc.) are transmitted in real time and made available to the telemedical specialist for his decisions and delegation. While the rescue helicopter is making its way to the emergency site, the operations centre gives the on-board crew an initial assessment of the expected situation.

Optimally, there would be a WINDEAcare trained offshore paramedic on the site 24/7 who can also, supported by telemedical support, intervene immediately and professionally. Once the helicopter arrives, treatment continues and vital information is exchanged with the operations center. Often, there’s is no place to land, so the paramedic and physician will be winched down from the helicopter. As soon as the patient is being taken on board, the operations center has already been working on identifying the appropriate hospital for treatment. Due to the high qualification requirements of our helicopter crews, modern emergency medicine with all its possibilities is used in offshore wind farms.

First aiders are not left without support, but can also access psychosocial emergency care through the crisis intervention team at the Emergency Medical Dispatch & Support Center.

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