Following the peer reviewed study in 2018 dealing with low altitude aircraft related trauma injuries -PARACHUTE-2 has been launched

This study will work within the same parameters as PARACHUTE -1 Study, but will now study the effects at altitudes of 90m, 100m and 4000m respectively. Due to the low altitude, the researchers have reached out to SWASFT Hems units to utilise the Air Ambulances. This will provide a dual purpose of allowing HEMS staff to practice their skills in a controlled setting, whilst providing a standard expected injury pattern across all HEMS units to allow them look at the differences in equipment and skills sets.

The researchers are looking for volunteers to be part of the control and intervention groups. We are taking expressions of interests from ALL grades and depts. to take part as casualties. There will be an opportunity for most of the volunteers from intervention of the group to speak with the research team and HEMS staff afterwards. The Control group will probably not have the opportunity. All volunteers will be randomized into control or intervention group.

Please register your expression of interest using the form below-

Please note- expenses  & OT hours ARE claimable for the intervention group, the control group will unfortunately not be able to claim. Randomization will occur on the day.

We are sorry, this opportunity has now closed for recruitment. If you find yourself on this page, and are disappointed you didn’t get chance to apply; please read the PARACHUTE - 1 Study carefully in the link above and consider if you really wanted sign up on April Fool’s day to jump out of a helicopter at 4000m with a 50/50 chance of you having a parachute or an empty backpack. The learning objective for this CPD is situational awareness and read the small print- hopefully, learning has taken place!