Yorkshire Air Ambulance paramedics have helped redesign casualty bags to better meet the needs of the rapid response emergency charity.
They teamed up with specialist company Snowsled Polar Ltd to re-design their casualty bags.
Almost all Yorkshire Air Ambulance patients are secured on an immobilization board and then put in an insulated casualty bag, before being carried to the helicopter and airlifted to hospital.
Recent research suggests that a reduced core body temperature in a trauma patient can have a significant detrimental effect on their outcome.
Paramedic Al Day said: “The casualty bags we had were fine but needed replacement and this was a great opportunity to look at improvements which would make a difference to both patients and the paramedic crew.
“Snowsled were great and have worked with us to produce a bespoke design that really meets our needs. The new bags have a mat built in at the bottom to give better insulation for casualties and have been modified to make them a lot easier to carry people in.
“We’ve added some features such as a zip system to provide access to different areas of the patient without having to open the bag completely, and made them longer to accommodate a long-leg splint.”
The modifications also include a wipe-clean outer material and non-absorbent lining which means the bags do not have to be laundered after each use.
Snowsled Polar Ltd Director, Roger Daynes, said: “Yorkshire Air Ambulance asked us to add features to our standard product which made a lot of sense.
“It’s been a really good process.”