Philips teams with Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex in first of its kind emergency response collaboration in the UK
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex (AAKSS), a charity which relies almost entirely on donations from the public to operate its life-saving emergency response, will equip all of its emergency service helicopters with the Philips RDT Tempus ALS and Philips IntelliSpace Corsium web-based software platform. AAKSS will be the first Emergency Service in the UK to use this new life-saving technology.
The collaboration with Philips RDT and Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex (AAKSS) in the UK marks the first time anywhere in the world that Helicopter Emergency Service (HEMS) teams, which include a doctor and paramedic, can live stream patient medical information- including Electrocardiogram (ECG), body temperature, heart rhythm, pulse and respiration rate and blood pressure – from the scene to the receiving hospital, as well as the on-call air ambulance consultant back at base.
AAKSS makes nearly 2,500 life-saving missions a year, many requiring urgent transfer of patients to major trauma centers across London, Brighton and Southampton. It also has a long-term history of investing in the latest technologies to help ensure its service is providing the most advanced life-saving care to those in greatest need. Philips RDT patent-pending Enhanced Data Service (EDS) minimizes data packets that can be lost during transmission to enhance reliably over very low bandwidths. EDS was developed in conjunction with the military and offers highly secure encrypted data transmission. This ability to transmit the data underpins much of AAKSS’s world-leading research and innovation.
“In emergency situations where every second counts, having the ability to livestream a patient’s physiology data from an incident scene – whether in route on the ground or in the air – offers a tremendous opportunity for our team to improve the outcomes for our patients,” said Dr. Richard Lyon, Associate Medical Director, Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex. “This collaboration with Philips RDT allows our top cover Consultants to give better remote medical advice for our receiving hospitals to better prepare for the patient’s arrival. As a charity that continually strives to improve patient care through innovation, we are excited to be working with Philips RDT and see the positive benefit this novel technology will bring.”