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Medical Unit GFS (Aux): 20th Anniversary Seminar

C3.4 COVID-19 Preparation and Experience in GFS

Ms Doretta HY Lo
Air Medical Nursing Officer (Auxiliary), Hong Kong Government Flying Service

Ms Doretta HY Lo is an Emergency Specialty Nurse joined Government Flying Service as an Air Medical Nursing Officer, AMNO (Auxiliary) in 2002 and promoted to AMNO (2pips) in Aug 2014.

Her main responsibilities are to provide emergency nursing to victims and casualties in Search and Reuse (SAR) casevac (casualty evacuation). She is also an AMNO of oversea medical retrieval team in GFS.

Ms Lo has an active role participation in Emergency Aeromedical Transfer Program (EATP), which is designed for crewman in emergency pre-hospital care.

Many measures have been implemented in all parts of the society that together help limit the spread of Covid-19 infection. In Government Flying Service, coordination and good collaboration between varies actors involved are essential to ensure safe operation in compliance with infection control guidelines.

Pre-flight preparation before a task-out mission, the Duty-Officer should confirm the nature of illness or injury and the FTOCC history information must be obtained from the originator or the caller in order to take appropriate precautionary measures on infection control.

The In-flight management included patient isolation, cabin ventilation and patients handling process. Adjustments have been made to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection for cabin crew including donning of PPE with SOV which is different from the gowning in hospital. The cabin role configurations and seating arrangements are needed to be re-arranged for best use of enhanced ventilation.

In Post-flight handling, the crew involved and their exposed equipment should be go through the disinfection procedures in the disinfection area. Clinical waste management should be handled appropriately and according to infection guidelines.

In-flight infection can nevertheless not be ruled out, a good compliance on infection control measures both before, during and after the flight can limit transmission of diseases.

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