Info needed on Aeromed

Discussion in 'Professionally Qualified, RAMC and QARANC' started by CaterinaV, Feb 12, 2013.

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  1. Just some info needed on a possible Aeromed. After a Subtular Ankle Fusion can you fly by bird with a cast on? Needing evidence to build a case........
  2. You can not fly by bird. The bird would never get off the ground. Besides if we could fly by bird we would all migrate to warmer climes each winter wouldn't we.
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  3. OOOOOOHHH just been did make me laugh though. Ok Helicopter.....I ment Helicopter......NOT a bird with flappy wings.
  4. You need to ask the orthopaedic surgeon really. Depends when the surgery was if last week then probably not, if 3 months ago then probably yes. There will be a higher risk of DVT.
  5. They put all sorts of broken fucknuts into those air ambulances, why would a cast stop someone.
  6. ViroBono

    ViroBono LE Moderator

    I can't think of a reason to routinely move such a patient by helicopter, but the issue with casts is swelling of the limb, which is likely to occur within the first 48 hours after application, and will be made worse by altitude and/or the limb not being kept elevated.

    Usual rule for flying with a cast is no fly for 48 hours unless cast is bivalved. After 48 hours RAF aeromed should be ok subject to clearance by SO2 Aeromed based on clinical situation.

    If civ flight, airline may require prior med clearance, escort and additional seats, wheelchair assist and lift on/off.