Medical evacuation, also known as medevac or medivac, is the prompt and effective movement and en route care provided by medical personnel to wounded persons evacuated from a battlefield or an accident to receiving medical facilities, or to patients at a rural hospital requiring urgent care at a better-equipped facility using medically equipped ground vehicles such as ambulances or air ambulances
Recently we had an emergency drill on medical evacuation at our workshop base facility to test the competence and response rate of our retainer hospital/health care providers. Therefore, one of our personnel acted to have slumped and was immediately attended to by our first aiders, putting a call across to the hospital (Atinu Critical Care Hospital), requesting for an ambulance.
Good enough, the ambulance arrived 25 minutes after the call was made, fully equipped with their medics. Upon their arrival, they saw our first aiders with the patient who was already in a recovery position and they took over from there immediately, placing the supposed patient in a stretcher, carried him to the ambulance and proceeded to the hospital.
The medics were so energetic and work driven. They got to the hospital in less than fifteen minutes while making sure that the supposed patient was in good condition and stable. Our first aider who accompanied them in the ambulance expressed his total satisfaction when he narrated that when they arrived at the hospital, the nurses and other doctors were already prepared as they were on standby waiting to receive the supposed patient at the emergency unit before the news was broken to them that it was a drill! A drill to test how effective and competent they can be if faced with a similar situation in real life scenario. They, however, commended us for pulling off such a stunt, and they were as well amazed and happy to have met our expectations.
At Kenyon Int’l, we carry our periodic drills on different emergencies such as fire drill, security drill and medical evacuation drill to ensure that we are always ready, prepared and in compliance with the required standard of safety in operations as recommended by International Standard Organization (ISO), for which we have been certified.