Rustenburg – Every minute counts when transporting a seriously injured patient. Since helicopters can land at most hospitals, transporting patients by helicopter is very convenient and ensures the shortest possible travel time for seriously injured patients.
A woman was critically injured during an accident on the N4 on Thursday 7 April, when the taxi she was traveling in overturned. ER24 paramedics responded to the scene. The women’s injuries included a humerus fracture, intracranial haemorrhage, and a diaphragmatic rapture.
She was initially transported to Medicare whereafter she was referred to Job Shimankana Tabane Provincial Hospital.
ER24 once again came to her aid after she had to be transferred to Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital in Johannesburg. Due to the severity of her injuries, she had to be transported via helicopter.
The team collected her from JST and took her to Bergsig Academy’s sports grounds where the Rocket Air Ambulance was waiting.
In another incident, ER24 paramedics saw to the safe transfer of a four-year-old girl who sustained serious injuries to her left femur in an accident on 18 April. It was decided that she should be transferred to Lenmed Randfontein Private Hospital. In the meantime, she was transferred to Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital in Lenasia for further treatment.
The Rocket Air Ambulance was waiting for her on Laerskool Proteapark’s sports grounds on 19 April, where the ER24 paramedics loaded her safely into the helicopter.
Her father was also on scene, making sure that his baby girl was on her way to receive the much-needed care. Once the helicopter was in the air, he followed in a car to meet them at the hospital.
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