The skills of ambulance staff and paramedics have evolved markedly, as has the technology potentially available to them, but their ambulances have failed to keep up. The problems are numerous but include hygiene and infection control, patient experience and digital communications.
The NHS has recognized the need for change since the 2000s, yet progress has been slow, with some conceptual projects funded but nothing concrete achieved.
However, the latest project to address the issue is altogether more ambitious – aiming to build a full-scale mock-up of the back of an ambulance fit for the 21st century.
The 18-month-long project was led by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art in London, alongside the London Ambulance Service, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and the University of the West of England._
Read more: http://www.theengineer.co.uk/in-depth/analysis/rethinking-the-ambulance/1011491.article#ixzz1kwoSxYxF
Time Magazine published this article in 2009
The article claims that EMS helicopters in the U.S. are not adequately equipped for medical missions and that many of the accidents could have been prevented if the following measures had been implemented:
It appears the FAA needs to urgently address this issue by issuing clear and obligatory directives.
I guess that even when you are fully prepared, real survival in harsh conditions have little in common with successful "Survival" TV series.
I bet that highly skilled survivalists like famous TV star Bear Gryll would not have attempted to live "off the land" in such such extreme conditions, alone and with minimal equipment.
Every day, Search & Rescue teams (SAR) need to intervene in order to locate and rescue distressed "amateur adventurers" that were obviously unaware of the dangers and difficulties involved.