Hospitals & Services
For most jobs the equipment will run for a sufficient length of time on battery power. It is crucial to check the battery charge levels prior to transport.
For exceptionally long trips or back to back jobs, we need to consider alternate power supplies. This should be discussed with the coordinator and rest of the team prior to departure.
The BK117 has been wired to take a separate inverter to supply power to some of our equipment. This inverter is stored in the paramedic's room at Garden City Helicopters, and should be secured in the BK prior to take off.
The 3-pin plug from bridge can be plugged directly into this box. However the on-off switch (on yellow box) should remain in the "off" position until the helicopter engines are fully running. Always check with the pilot before switching to the on position.
Both fixed wing aircraft have built in inverters.
Draeger Oxylog 3000 & 3000+
Defibrillator / Pacemaker
Bean Bag (or Vacuum Mattress)
Used to immobilise spinal injuries, pelvic fractures and multiple fractures.