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The ASA+ FNA Conference Photo Competition for 30th Aeromedical Society of Australasia and Flight Nur


Around the West in 80 hours


Andrew Hooper
Royal Flying Doctor Service  Western Operations, Palmyra, Australia


Andy Hooper is an Emergency Physician by trade, now working full time as Deputy Director of Medical Services at Royal Flying Doctor Service Western Operations.



Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Western Operations has developed a dedicated bariatric transfer platform, capable of transporting patients weighing up to 285kg.


The custom designed stretcher was designed to be safely secured in St. John Ambulance road vehicles as well as the RFDS PC-12 retrieval aircraft. This allows a seamless inter-facility transfer, whilst reducing the risks to patients and staff associated with moving bariatric patients between different stretchers.


RFDS Western Operations have used this system within WA since 2015, and in March of this year performed our first interstate bariatric transfer, flying over 7000km across three days.


This hotspot presentation will give an insight into the logistics, aviation and clinical challenges and associated with this retrieval.



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