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Emergency helicopter sees city action

LOCAL police used a helicopter for the first time in two medical emergencies to transport patients from suburban areas to a downtown hospital for treatment yesterday.

A worker at Shanghai Dadong Shipyard on Chongming Island broke his right leg when a steel board fell on it yesterday morning. He suffered an open fracture, an injury hospitals in Chongming couldn't handle.

Shanghai Medical Emergency Center contacted the Shanghai Police Aviation Force, which has one medical helicopter and another as a backup, for patient transportation during the World Expo.

The helicopter arrived at Chongming at 11:52am, just 10 minutes after the call and took the patient to Huashan Hospital in the downtown area within 16 minutes.

Dr Wu Jianguo said the helicopter saved a great deal of time.

"Usually, a patient in Chongming Island arrives at our hospital the next day," he said. The patient is now in a stable condition after surgery.

Yesterday afternoon, a German man was taken to Huashan Hospital by helicopter from a hospital in the suburban Qingpu District. He had serious stomach pains and doctors in Qingpu suspected he had a risky gastric perforation.

"We excluded the possibility of gastric perforation after the patient arrived," said Dr Ding Rui of Huashan's surgical department. "He is under strict observation but is not in a critical condition."

The helicopters were to be used to transport patients from the Expo site to designated hospitals.

Ruijin Hospital and Huashan Hospital, two of the seven designated hospitals, have helicopter pads and fast channels from pad to the operating room. So far, no one at Expo has needed the service.


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