The aeromedical service provider has acquired a fleet of Pilatus PC-12 aircraft to provide aeromedical services in remote Australia. These aircraft are operated in austere conditions and are often called upon to evacuate patients from remote locations to better-equipped primary care facilities.
Stretcher loading operations often result in injury to medical personnel, and the customer required a solution to improve patient outcomes and minimise worker injuries. GVH Aerospace was presented with the challenge to design a stretcher loading system that would automatically transfer the stretcher onto the aircraft without manual labour.
GVH responded to the challenge and designed a computerised Stretcher Loading Device (SLD) that is permanently fitted to the PC-12. This SLD fully automates the task of stretcher loading, with electrical safeguards to ensure patient and crew safety during the loading sequence. The GVH SLDs are in operation across Australia, and are being used in very harsh environments. Our SLDs have conducted 250,000 patient transfers in the past 3 years, providing trouble-free service and helping save lives. This has resulted in:
- Improved patient outcomes during stretcher loading/unloading
- Reduced injuries to medical personnel during stretcher loading/unloading
- Reduced time required for patient transfer, leading to improved medical outcomes