Swiss Air-Rescue counts on ITRIS Medical AG
Where Everything Has to be Right, there Can be no Compromise
It is one of Switzerland’s most well-known institutions and its teams inspire rock-solid confidence. Swiss Air-Rescue Rega brings professional medical assistance to more than 10,000 patients from the air every year. To perform its duty to the best of its abilities, it keeps its aircraft, helicopters and all devices contained therein up-to-date. Thus, extensive experience, personal commitment and first-class technology complement each other – which, in many cases, is life-saving.
An important device that is on board during every Rega operation is the MEDUMAT Standard² ventilator with Chest Compression Synchronized Ventilation (CCSV) from WEINMANN Emergency Medical Technology, exclusively represented in Switzerland by ITRIS Medical AG. A ventilation mode specifically for resuscitation was developed for the device. Integrated in MEDUMAT Standard², CCSV applies a pressure-controlled mechanical breath synchronized with each chest compression. This revolutionary method avoids the disadvantages of conventional ventilation modes while also demonstrably improving gas exchange and hemodynamics.
Rega has been using the latest generation of devices since the beginning of this year. It has become smaller and significantly lighter, now just 2.5 kg including the battery – “Advantages that we particularly appreciate as every kilogram matters in operations with the rescue helicopter, and the total weight of the equipment greatly influences the performance of the helicopter,” explains Markus Reichenbach, lead paramedic of Rega and base leader in Mollis (GL).
Present throughout Switzerland – Ready for Action at all Times
Rega operates 12 helicopter bases distributed throughout Switzerland and a partner base, enabling it to reach any location – except in the canton of Wallis – within 15 minutes’ flying time. Globally, it has three ambulance jets in operation and repatriates patients from anywhere in the world. On average, Rega crews assisted 29 patients per day last year. With 15,958 organized operations, Rega was more in-demand than ever in 2017 – both in Switzerland and abroad. This equates to one operation every 33 minutes.
Both the rescue helicopter and the ambulance jets were in the air more frequently in 2017 than in the previous year: 11,774 operations with helicopters (+6.5 %) and 886 jet operations (+3.3 %) were organized by the Operations Center. In the process, Rega crews treated a total of 10,788 patients (+7.1 %) – no wonder that Rega is held in such high regard. Around 3.4 million patrons support the independent, non-profit foundation, enabling it to provide its valuable service to the benefit of the Swiss population.
Example Location: Ready for Take-Off in Mollis for over 40 Years
Helicopter have been taking off on operations in Mollis since 1974: back then the helicopter firm Heli-Linth started to fly rescue missions on behalf of Rega. Since Easter 2010, Rega has been operating the Mollis base itself and its own AgustaWestland Da Vinci rescue helicopter is stationed in the canton of Glarus between the beginning of December and Easter. From experience, the majority of accidents occur in the winter months and the base in Glarus is correspondingly often used to treat injured winter sports enthusiasts.
The team is supplemented by two paramedics and two pilots from Rega. Added to this are the physicians who are put at Rega’s disposal by Glarus Cantonal Hospital within the framework of a special cooperation, as well as a pool of freelance medical specialists, a total of 8 experts in service of people who are injured or ill. The number of rescue missions carried out varies depending on both the season and the weather. Consequently, Rega 12 – as the Glarus base is known in radio speak – is also on stand-by from May to October.