International Aeromedical Transport - Concepts in Airborne Patient Management

9 April 2018

No.4 Hamilton Place, London


09:30 - 17:00 

Conference summary 

This conference will follow on from the successful 'Critical Care in the Air' Conference that was run in 2017. 

Whilst the public view of ‘air ambulance’ may be influenced by the profound media interest in helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS), the use of fixed wing air (FW) ambulances goes back almost as far as the history of powered flight itself and is little understood by the general public. FW patient transfer services may be regarded as ‘Cinderella’ services by some, but they collectively move thousands of patients around the globe every year, and all very quietly, without media interest, and often without recognition.

Despite enormous leaps of technology and the establishment of aeromedevac criteria that occurred during the second world war and later times of conflict, modern international aeromedical transport bears little resemblance to the systems and services that were founded in the post WW2 era. Current fixed wing air ambulances are not just modern aircraft with state-of-the-art propulsion systems and complex avionics. They are also fitted with dedicated and often bespoke clinical interiors and aircraft-patient interface systems, as well as being loaded with modern complex air-portable medical equipment and ‘bedside’ laboratory analysers, and are staffed with expert critical care and emergency care health care professionals specifically trained in transfer medicine.

Why should you attend?

With the benefit of expert and excellent speakers, this conference takes a snapshot of the very best practice in current day FW air ambulance operations and looks in to the future by moulding practical concepts with the fundamental principles of extreme environmental physiology and discussing the challenges and potential solutions that lay ahead in the next decade.

Events Rates

Non Member £160 + VAT 
Corporate Partner  £150 + VAT 
Member  £120 + VAT 
Concession rate for Registered Nurses and Paramedics £90 + VAT

Speaker Details

A full speaking programme will be available shortly. 

Session 1: Using the scaffolding of extreme environments physiology as a tool for managing patient care in the air 

When pressure dictates decisions (altitude physiology)

- Stowaways on board - imported passengers (infection control)

- Intracranial pressure - sorting myth from fact (neurosurgical patients)

- Small people can be transport patients too (paediatric and neonatal patients)

Session 2: Service design and operations influence quality of care in the air

- When pilot's hours dictate mission capability (flight time limitations)

- Pushing flight medical personnel beyond the limits of safety (working time constraints)

- Why risk assess and when? (risk management in aeromedical transport)

- THE GREAT DEBATE: Does the audience support 'scoop and run' or the 'AERIAL' concept?


No.4 Hamilton Place, London

Royal Aeronautical Society HQ

No.4 Hamilton Place,





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