Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) announced that the HMC Ambulance Service LifeFlight service has been accredited by the European Aeromedical Institute (EURAMI) for both adult and pediatric critical care.
This accreditation has been awarded following rigorous evaluation of the LifeFlight service against quality, management and performance measures. EURAMI accredited aeromedical services are known to be amongst the best in the world.
Dr. Robert Owen, Chief Executive Officer for HMC’s Ambulance Service, said he is very proud of the inter-agency work that goes in to delivering the LifeFlight service.
“The Qatar Emiri Air Force and the Ambulance Service work very closely together to make sure we provide the best possible aeromedical service to the population of Qatar. This accreditation is a testament to the hard work and dedication shown by all involved in running the service; from the managers, to the pilots, to the critical care paramedics. EURAMI only recognizes air ambulance services with exceptional medical protocols and aviation records,” he explained.
This is the third prestigious international accreditation that has been awarded to the Ambulance Service in the last year; the service’s command center was named as an Accredited Center of Excellence by the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch in May 2014 and the service as a whole was re-accredited by Joint Commissioning International in October.
“2014 was a very good year for the Ambulance Service,” said Dr. Owen. “We have been accredited by some of the most influential agencies in the world and we are confident that the service will continue to grow from strength to strength,” he added.
The LifeFlight fleet is made up of three Agusta Westland AW139 helicopters, launched in February 2014. Two of these helicopters are in operation 24 hours a day with the aim of ensuring emergency medical care to even the most remote parts of the country.