Mission to Pahiatua | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Mission to Pahiatua

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Pahiatua to a male in his 60’s that had been impaled in the thigh by a branch.

The man had suffered arterial bleeding and was in a serious condition having lost a considerable amount of blood.

He was stabilised at the scene by attending St John medical staff along with the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter onboard Intensive Care Paramedic. He was flown to Palmerston North Hospital where he underwent urgent surgery.

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Your rescue helicopter can be airborne in 10 minutes and, in a life or death situation this speed and agility can make all the difference. The timely assistance that rescue helicopters provide can reduce disability and improve survival – the sooner treatment begins, the greater chance of patient recovery.

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