The 15-meter Black Hawk helicopter was purchased by the Armed Forces for use in Afghanistan. Now it will support covid-19 care in Uppsala Region.
At the request of the National Board of Health, the Swedish Armed Forces has supplied Black Hawk helicopters to three of Sweden’s regions to strengthen the care during the corona crisis. One of the helicopters – which is otherwise located in Linköping – has been lent to Uppsala and has been rebuilt to take care of seriously ill covid-19 patients.
– Otherwise, this helicopter usually carries special and hunter units, says Air Force Commander Carl-Johan Edström.
Ten employees in ambulance care have been trained to load, secure and care for patients during transport between hospitals.
– Our work will differ very little, we are used to working in teams and with this equipment. What is new are the Armed Forces pilots and technicians, but they are used to working in teams so it will work well, says Per Bondegård, section manager for airborne intensive care at Akademiska hospital.
– This is a solution that has come about thanks to the crisis, however, we see that we need this resource otherwise even when we have patients who are suitable for this type of transport.