An in-depth case study of a diving accident from the HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) perspective.
HEMS Intensive Care Paramedic Rupert Freeman takes us through from the incident occurrence to arrival at hospital and gives some real-world examples of lessons learnt.
This case study shows how a routine day of recreational diving can quickly become life-threatening. We hear about the accident, the initial response and the pre-hospital medical management before following the HEMS transfer of this case through to arrival at the major trauma centre.
We learn some valuable lessons and gain a fascinating insight into what happens when it doesn’t go to plan.
Rupert has been a paramedic with Ambulance Victoria for 18 years. He has worked as a Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic in Melbourne for 7 years and at Air Ambulance Victoria for 8 years as an Intensive Care Flight Paramedic on Ambulance Victoria’s fleet of helicopters.
With extensive experience in retrieval medicine and pre-hospital healthcare, Rupert brings real-world experience – from critically unwell inter-hospital transfers to severe road trauma, winch rescues, medical emergencies and search and rescue tasks.
Rupert has a long-held interest in diving physiology and providing advanced medical care in austere environments.