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Children’s Air Ambulance announces busiest year since launch

The Children’s Air Ambulance Press Release | February 2, 2024

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The Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) in the United Kingdom has announced 2023 as its busiest year since the service started over a decade ago.

TCAA is a pioneering service, changing the face of paediatric and neonatal care through the high-speed transfer of critically ill babies and children – flying them from one hospital to another for specialist care via the clinically designed helicopters which provide a flying intensive care unit for babies and children.

Working alongside its 11 Clinical Partner Teams, the lifesaving service took to the skies 200 times – saving 296 hours 34 minutes of vital patient time being out of a hospital environment and 694 hours 54 minutes of valuable NHS clinician’s time.

The charity marked significant milestones as it undertook its first Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) transfer, which then led to a further three ECMO transfers. TCAA also launched England’s first incubator on a rotary-wing aircraft in December 2022, enhancing its neonatal capabilities for 2023.

The bespoke three new incubator systems helped 78 neonatal patients and their families in 2023.

This press release was prepared and distributed by The Children’s Air Ambulance.

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