World News – GB – Jet suit for paramedics could see patients with flying medic in minutes


The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) has partnered with Gravity Industries, which has developed a 1050 horsepower braking suit for paramedics

From Iron Man to James Bond, jet suits are staples in many popular blockbuster movies

Now Lake District paramedics are turning to futuristic technology in hopes of reaching patients in remote areas faster

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) has partnered with Gravity Industries, which has developed a 1050 horsepower jet suit for paramedics

The jet suit relies on five mini jet engines – two each built into hand-attached units and one built into a backpack

It can reach impressive speeds of up to 85 miles / hour, with a flight time of up to 10 minutes

The jet suit was put to the test this week by Gravity Industries founder Richard Browning, who flew from the valley floor to a mock casualty site on The Band near Bowfell

While this trip usually took 25 minutes on foot, Mr. Browning was able to reach the victim in just 90 seconds, thanks to the Jet suit

Andy Mawson, director of operations and paramedic at GNAAS identified the Lake District as a possible location for a paramedic after studying the call data in the area

He said: « It has shown dozens of patients every month in the complex but relatively small geographic footprint of the lakes

« We could see the need What we didn’t know for sure was how it would work in practice Well we’ve seen it now and it’s, quite honestly, great »

M Mawson added that the test flight demonstrated the enormous potential of using Jet Suits to provide critical automotive services

He added: « In an era in the healthcare industry where we are exhausted by COVID and its effects, it is important to always push the boundaries

« Our planes will remain an essential part of the emergency response on this terrain, as will the fantastic mountain rescue teams. But it’s about trying to supplement these resources with something completely new

« We believe this technology could allow our team to reach some patients much faster than ever. In many cases it would ease the patient’s suffering In some cases it would save their lives »

After the test flight, GNAAS and Gravity Industries are now exploring the next steps of the collaboration

Richard Browning, Lake District, paramedic, Great North Air Ambulance, Jet pack

World news – UK – A jet suit for paramedics could see affected patients in minutes by a flying medic



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