Wednesday, January 31, 2007

All about airplanes...

On Monday I had my first chance to go out on a MedEvac flight. It was a pretty simple case; a young woman in labour in one of the small communities up island. The small communities on Baffin Island do not have facilities for obstetrics, so pregnant women are brought down to Iqaluit at 36 weeks gestation, and delivered at the hospital here. While they are in Iqaluit, the pregnant women are housed in a large apartment structure built mainly for this purpose. One patient I saw memorably referred to it as "the prison for pregnant ladies". This is a controversial system, as it usually means the pregnant women must leave their families behind for 4 or 5 weeks, so it is not suprising that occasionally they go back to their communities to see their families earlier than they are supposed to(i.e. before they have had the baby).

In this case it all went well, the labour was very early and so we transported the patient back to Iqaluit without any incidents, and did not have to deliver a baby in the nursing station or on the plane (which would have been bad).

It was great fun to fly along with the air ambulance crew, and was a fun test of my emergency skills. Here is a picture of the inside of the air ambulance. I've also included a picture of the Airbus A-380 which is again up here doing test flights. It is absolutly huge!


Jon said...

! How many people have given birth in flight? That seems crazy. It would be a good story though.

Ron Schaberg said...

Glad to got to have that experience! Air ambulance folks are some of the bravest in the industry!

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Air Ambulance International said...

We salute the air ambulance providers there for doing a great service to the Baffin Island Community.

Air Ambulance International