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The Helipad of the University Hospital in Varna - the Only One in the Country for Providing Emergency Aid to Injured People

Today once again two Panther helicopters of Maritime Helicopter Air Base Chaika took part in the training in emergency and rescue operations that is being conducted at "St. Marina" University Hospital in Varna this week. The hospital is the only medical institution in Bulgaria which has a helicopter landing pad, licensed by the Air Traffic Control, which is equipped to receive severely injured patients from northeastern Bulgaria.

"The most essential problem is related to patients with excessive bleeding in a state of shock, patients with cerebral insult or heart attack, for whom every single hour is of vital importance. In such cases patients must be transported to a highly specialized health care establishment up to the third or the sixth hour. After these hours, unfortunately, nothing can be done to make the patient’s status reversible and save them without any disabilities", commented the hospital management.

"St. Marina" University Hospital is the only high-tech hospital in this part of the country, rendering qualified aid to all victims, as well as to severely ill patients, including the remote areas of Dobrich, Silistra, Shumen, Targovishte, Bourgas, Ruse. When it comes to patients in a serious condition, very often the conventional road transport and the time needed to get to the victims prevents the physicians from providing adequate medical care.

On the other hand, the region covered by the University Hospital is large and specific due to the Black Sea border. This requires the provision of emergency medical aid to ship crew members in our territorial waters. In such cases the lack of air transport makes it virtually impossible to provide timely help.

The construction of the helipad is part the ambitions and efforts of the hospital management to provide quick and high-quality emergency aid in line with the policy and strategy of the Ministry of Health regarding the improvement of the quality of emergency care for people in need in this region.

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