Γεώργιος Φιλντίσης, Καθηγητής, Νοσηλευτική, ΕΚΠΑ
Μυριανθεύς Παύλος, Καθηγητής, Νοσηλευτική, ΕΚΠΑ
Θεόδωρος Κατσούλας, Επίκουρος Καθηγητής, Νοσηλευτική, ΕΚΠΑ
Introduction -Background: Air Medical Transport (AMT) is a potentially salvage operation beneficial to critically Ill patients. It is well established in many emergency systems along global, whilst with the use of flying means patients are moved faster and safely.
Aim: The aim of this study was to depicture the AMT in the Greek territory and calculate the cost of the flying means utilized.
Material-Method: A retrospective study was carried out on all AMT carried out with the flying means of Hellenic Air Force (HAF), from January 1st, 2008 to June 30th, 2018. The data comes from the official website of HAF and the Government Gazettes concerning the cost of the flying means. The analysis and presentation of the results in graphs was performed with the Microsoft Office Excel program.
Results: During the study period, HAF performed 10,340 missions, carrying a total of 14,306 patients, including transplants. The HAF's fleets flew for a total of 24,785.3 hours. The total cost for AMT amounted to 129,060,744.78 €. The average cost is estimated at 12,000,000 € per year for the PA's fleet. While Search and Rescue costed a total of 13,597,528.49 € for HAF.
Conclusions: The geographical and geopolitical position of our country makes it imperative to have a network of flying means for the execution of both Search and Rescue, as well as a combination of secondary and tertiary AMT.
Key Words: Aeromedical Evacuation, Air Medical Transport, Search and Rescue, Emergency Transportation
Aeromedical Evacuation, Air Medical Transport, Search and Rescue, Emergency Transportation