In modern day medicine, equal emphasis and importance is given to both definitive care and transport of critically ill patients. While definitive care is the ultimate goal in critical care, the prompt and proper transport of patients has a major impact on probability of saving both life and limb.
Air power in the context of Aeromedical evacuation is a formidable force in patient transport. This has been proven beyond doubt during the terrorist war in Sri Lanka as Sri Lankan pilots and crews flew numerous missions to save the lives of not only the soldiers but of the civilians as well. During recent times SLAF has taken a pioneering role in Aero medical evacuation as the sole operator in the island with a dedicated medevac kit fitted to Bell helicopters capable of transporting critically patients in an ICU setup.
In line with the global advances in critical care, Sri Lanka has also stepped in to global standards of critical care with the introduction of MD in critical care medicine by the Post Graduate institute of Medicine Sri Lanka.
Partnership and knowledge sharing with academic bodies is the way forward in modern day medicine. Keeping up with these trends, Sri Lanka Air Force together with The Sri Lanka College of Anesthesiologists and Intensivists carried out a training drill on 02 August 2018 at Sri Lanka Air Force Base Ratmalana.
This knowledge sharing drill was carried out with the participation of Group Captain Vasantha Padmaperuma Commanding officer Sri Lanka Air Force Hospital Colombo, Wing Commander Sujeewa Alwis Commanding officer Sri Lanka Air Force Hospital Rathmalana and nursing staff of Sri Lanka Air Force Hospital Rathmalana representing the Sri Lanka Air Force.
This was a good experience for SLAF personnel to gain new knowledge while sharing their experiences and practical knowledge with the members of Sri Lanka College of Anesthesiologists and Intensivists. It was planned to join hands in the future for similar training and workshops as it is beneficial to both organizations.