Ornge Debuts AW139 Medevac Interior

 - March 4, 2013, 9:30 AM

Canadian air ambulance operator Ornge, a not-for-profit organization, has introduced a new interior for its AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters that allows paramedics to perform CPR “at any time during flight, reduces the risk of tubes snagging on equipment and gives better access to the patient and medical bags and supplies.”

Ornge obtained a temporary (one-year) exemption from Transport Canada to give it time to develop a permanent solution, while Aerolite of Switzerland (Booth No. 5024) was contracted to create the temporary interior mods. These were installed in January. Operations with the new interior began in early February and could be under way for up to two years.

Andrew McCallum, the company’s new president and CEO who was appointed in early January, said, “The new interim interior solution will make it much easier for our paramedics to provide the care that patients need, as we continue to improve patient safety.”

Since appointing McCallum, who is the former Ontario chief coroner, Ornge has implemented a range of changes, such as an improved patient relations process, hiring of a patient advocate, introduction of a conflict of interest policy and a whistleblower protection policy, and it has hired Rob Giguere as new COO.