4 missions in 24 hours for on-duty Palmerston North Crew | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

4 missions in 24 hours for on-duty Palmerston North Crew

The on-duty crew for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter began the day at 4am when they were tasked to Levin for a man in his 60’s who had suffered a heart attack. The man was initially treated at the scene by St John Ambulance staff who identified that the man needed specialist, time-critical, the treatment that was is only available in Wellington.

The man was stabilised at the scene by the Intensive Care Paramedic before being airlifted to Wellington Hospital where he was to undergo emergency an emergency procedure.

Later in the day, the crew was dispatched to Ohakune to a woman in her 30’s that appeared to have stroke-like symptoms. Due to the early recognition of her condition she was able to be flown directly to Wellington Hospital to undergo urgent treatment.

On returning from the job back to Palmerston North the crew was re-tasked to Greytown to a man in his 60’s who had fallen several meters from a tree while pruning with a chainsaw. The man had suffered multiple injuries and was in a serious condition. He was rushed to Wellington Hospital’s Emergency Department where a trauma team was treating his injuries.

In the early am, the crew received their final mission for the day, tasked to Raetihi for a man in his 20’s that had a very serious asthma attack. On our arrival, Dewet, onboard Intensive Care Paramedic for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was able to administer some specialised medications to stabilise the patient and he was transported to Whanganui ED for further treatment.


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