Generous donation ensures Great North Air Ambulance can continue saving lives with war zone technique (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Generous donation ensures Great North Air Ambulance can continue saving lives with war zone technique
9:42am Saturday 21st December 2013 in News
THE Great North Air Ambulance Service, which regularly helps those in need in Cumbria, can continue adopting a war zone technique thanks to a generation donation from a packaging firm.
The charity is now carrying bubble wrap alongside more high-tech life-saving instruments on all its flights, thanks to a North-East manufacturer.
Taylor Packaging, in Spennymoor, County Durham, regularly donates spools of bubble wrap whenever the GNAAS medics are running low.
Lead paramedic at GNAAS, Jane Peacock, said the material is vital in keeping patients’ body temperatures at a stable level on their critical journey to hospital.
"We have military doctors who have seen the benefits of bubble wrap used in Afghanistan, so we decided to utilise it here," she said. "When a patient is cold and seriously injured the quicker they get warm the better.
"Traumatised patients lose their body heat rapidly and bubble wrap provides the most effective means of preserving body heat, it is simply invaluable.
"Believe it or not, bubble wrap can be quite expensive when bought for medical use. We are getting the same material for free, so we are hugely grateful."
Taylor Packaging is an independent distributor and manufacturer of packaging materials.
Owner at Taylor Packaging, Steven Taylor said: "We wanted to help the local area. The air ambulance save lives and we’re happy to assist them in doing that."
For anyone who would like to support the Great North Air Ambulance Service visit www.greatnorthairambulance.co.uk or call 01325 487 263.
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