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HELICOPTER EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE

 Presently there are 5 helicopters located in Sondrio, Como, Bergamo, Brescia e Milano.  The five helicopter adequately cover the whole regional land both during the day and during the night (two o five work alternately during the night).

 The five HEMS Stations

The 5 HEMS STATIONS

HEMS Station

Base

Responsible

Telephone number

BERGAMO

Bergamo - p.sso A.O. Papa Giovanni XXIII

Dott. Angelo Giupponi

035-2678284

BRESCIA

Brescia - p.sso A.O. Spedali Civili

Dott.ssa Giovanna Perone

030-3996527

COMO

Villa Guardia (CO) - Via Firenze n. 118

Dott. Maurizio Volontè

031-4869230

MILANO

Bresso (MI) - Via Clerici n. 3

Dott. Gianluca Marconi

02-52872609

SONDRIO

Caiolo (SO)

Dott. Paolo Della Torre

0342-512817

The Helicopter equipe

The usual HEMS equipe is constituted by pilot and winchman (they have the task to dcide whether or not the mission can be carried out) and health personnel (physician and nurse).

There is also rescue mountain personnel or other personnel who can be employed in specific environment (mountain, under water or other settings).

 

When to use the helicopter

The helicopter transportation is indicated when more competitive as compared to the ambulance

  • whenever the rescue and transportation from an area that can not be easily reached
  • whenever the advanced medical car can interven with longer times as compared to the helicopter
  • whenever a very limited traumatic assisted transportation is required (such as with spinal cord injuries)

 It may concern critically ill patients with life threatening situations whose transportation is time-dependent or the site of the event is very far or patients for whom an ambulance transport may be crucial.

 

Transportation out of the Regional land

There can be interventions out the Region  whenever there are diagnostic, therapeutic specialty necessities which cannot performed within the regional land.

There can be interventions out the Region  whenever there are diagnostic, therapeutic specialty necessities which cannot performed within the regional land.

 

Neonatal and pregnant women transportation

Preparation and assistance of neonatal patients or pregnant women by the helicopter is usually performer with the aid of the specialists, either neonatologist or gynecologist.

Como and Milano HEMSs whereas Sondrio’s HEMS can also make the transportation for pregnant women.

 

The HEMS can be used also for Civil Defense necessities whilst other tasks can be performed when requested by Institutional Organizations (Prefecture, Major, Provincial Government, Regional Civil Defense).