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Serious head injury

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Dannevirke to a 16 year old boy who had fallen backwards off the back of a bike. The boy had landed heavily and suffered a very serious head injury.

Due to the serious and time critical nature of the injury it was decided to intubate the patient at the scene and fly him through to Wellington Hospital Neurological Unit. The team on the rescue helicopter were assisted by an off-duty Paramedic and an off-duty ED nurse along with the Dannevirke Volunteer Fire Brigade.

 

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