Like so many people, Dr. Alin Schaumberg comes to the emergency services via national service. Following training as an emergency assistant, he started studying medicine. He's been working as an anesthetist for 14 years and as an emergency doctor since 2004. He's been with the Gießen Air Ambulance since early 2016. It was important to him to be able to manage the tools of his trade completely and reliably before starting to fly intensive care patients and primary care call-outs.
“Personally I love the challenge of having no idea in the morning what I will be doing at lunchtime”, he says. The transporting of intensive care patients, so-called secondary transport operations, which move patients receiving intensive care from one hospital to another, are easy to plan. “We form a picture of the patient in advance, then fly there and decide on site whether we need to take any further measures in order to optimize the patient’s status for transport.” There’s a certain lead time for this.
Ventilation also plays a significant role in transporting intensive care patients. “The MEDUMAT Transport is used whenever we move intensive care patients”, reports Dr. Schaumberg, “it provides a broad range of options. For example, we can adopt the ventilation parameters from the hospitals one-to-one and care for the patient during the flight in exactly the same way as he was being cared for in hospital.” Transfer to the hospital accepting the patient also works smoothly.
Dr. Schaumberg also appreciates the fact that the MEDUMAT Transport supports the NIDA documentation system. It automatically records all settings and amendments, allowing the emergency doctors to focus completely on the patient. “I can then hand this record over to the destination hospital”, says Dr. Schaumberg.
For him, the MEDUMAT Transport is one of the devices enjoying a particularly high level of acceptance in the emergency services. "The opportunities of using the device arise mainly from clinical work. The MEDUMAT Transport is a convincing product in this context.”
And Dr. Schaumberg thinks something else worth emphasizing: “What I find really good on the MEDUMAT Transport is that I have the option with an emergency patient of choosing between a variety of really simple default ventilation systems and will find a default setting which I can work with as a start. This is preconfigured for the emergency, and I can adapt it to suit requirements,” he explains, “so I don’t necessarily have to enter the individual parameters.” It makes work easier.
As a user, he has great respect for technical development. “People have really thought about it, and that’s why it works so well, despite certain limitations which I’m possibly not even aware of.”
The ability to rely on the technical equipment is essential for him, especially in view of the fact that no single call-out is like any other. “I have administered 7,000 anesthetics and have just about 5,000 emergency call-outs under my belt. But if you were to ask me: “So have you seen it all, then?”, I would say “No”.” He believes a certain degree of humility and respect is always in order.