Global Rescue Medical Evacuation Service Saves Sportsmen In The Field


Published: September - 2010

Global Rescue, the medical/emergency evacuation service we use and recommend at The Hunting Report, has been very busy this season evacuating sportsmen around the world. In at least one case they've clearly saved the life of a hunter in the field.

In an Email Extra bulletin earlier this year, we reported about the hunter with a potentially fatal heart condition who was successfully evacuated from a remote camp in the Tuli Block game reserve of Botswana. A local clinic diagnosed his rapidly-worsening condition as bronchitis. When his PH called Global Rescue, they suspected congestive heart failure and immediately began the evacuation which got the hunter onto an operating table in Johannesburg in time to save his life. Global Rescue liaised with the doctors in South Africa, deployed a medical team to his bedside to oversee and coordinate his treatment and, eventually, transported him to his home in Texas. Happy ending.

In another case a hunter after bear on Russia's Kamchatka peninsula (truly a remote area), severely injured his leg, leaving him in need of medical evacuation. Global Rescue launched a helicopter to extract the 63-year-old man from the remote camp to a hospital in Petropavlovsk- Kamchatskiy, where he was diagnosed with a badly fractured leg and torn ligaments. After the leg was immobilized, Global Rescue physicians evaluated his x-rays and approved him for travel. He was then evacuated by Global Rescue's medical personnel to his home hospital. Global Rescue also made arrangements to have the member's rifle accompany him on his flight home and to have his bear skin sent to his taxidermist.

A third recent rescue involved a female angler sailing near Rum Cay, Bahamas, a remote island with no medical facilities. When she experienced a sudden onset of severe abdominal pain, appendicitis was suspected. A Global Rescue critical care paramedic provided immediate medical advice over the telephone. While triaging her symptoms with in-house physicians and Johns Hopkins Medicine, Global Rescue determined she needed immediate hospitalization and the paramedic initiated the evacuation. Shortly thereafter a medically staffed ICU jet landed at Rum Cay.........(continued)

 
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