Indian Navy converts its helicopter into air ambulance to evacuate critical patients
This is the first of eight MICU sets to be delivered by HAL to Indian Navy
In a move that could help further boost India’s fight against the killer coronavirus, the Indian Navy has augmented its capability to evacuate critical patients even in unfavourable weather conditions.
It has fitted a Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) on board an Advanced Light Helicopter Mk III at Goa’s naval air station INS Hansa.
According to a statement released by the Ministry of Defence on Sunday, the MICU has two sets of Defibrillators, Multipara Monitors, Ventilator, Oxygen Support as well as Infusion and Syringe Pumps.
It also has a suction system to clear secretions in the mouth or airway of the patient. The system can be operated on aircraft power supply and also has a battery backup of four hours.
The equipment can be installed in two-three hours to convert the aircraft into an air ambulance.
This is the first of eight MICU sets to be delivered by HAL to Indian Navy, the Ministry of Defence said.