About us & case study

Ikon Ambulance Services Ltd (IAS) is a Private Ambulance Service has a outstanding legacy in providing professional medical cover. We deploy experienced clinicians of all grades to deliver appropriate and safe care to give our clients complete peace of mind.

If you’re planning a event small or large and require an element of medical cover. From a single first aider to a multi disciplined medical team. We are up for the challenge and strive to deliver excellent customer service and gold standard care to our patients.

To do this we are constantly developing and improving our work force, up grading our assets and streamlining our systems.

Case study – National Schools Sailing Association Regatta

We were contacted to provide a medical team to a coastal regatta. This regatta threw up a list of challenges that we’d never faced before. In short we had over a hundred competitors all under 18 racing sailing dinghies at sea spread over 10 square miles of the north sea. So the potential risk was high and the logistics mind blowing.

So, we had to consider providing care at sea, safe transfer from sea to beach as entering the local harbour created more problems than it would solve. Once we had got over the challenges of transferring an injured person from boat to shore. Our patient needed to get to across 500 metres of sandy beach to the triage unit and ambulance.

Our first challenge was at sea. Working with the event organiser we acquired a fast rescue boat. Ensuring sufficient room to lay a patient down and have 360 access around the patient to provide care. Then we had to consider the likely injuries we’d face and what equipment we’d need at sea, was it suitable for use at sea? Could we adapt equipment for multiple tasks to reduce kit and still deliver safe care? We developed a two dry bag system with enough kit to manage anything that short term that was likely to occur. This was developed with two things in mind. Emergency life saving care and onward participation (after all we couldn’t remove every injured person to shore just to close a wound or treat a minor ailment). We risk assessed the likely serious injuries to be seizures and drownings so we selected drugs that could be administered by inhalation (oxygen, entonox, penthrox), oral (antihistamines, pain relief) or rectal (seizures) do reduce the use of sharps onboard a unstable boat. Simple airway adjuncts and multi purpose splinting equipment. With a paramedic lead, two person medical team alongside the two crew of the boat. We had enough hands, kit and knowledge to provide care for the short time a patient would be on board for.

Worst case scenario we have a unconscious patient or a serious fracture. We need to get this person from the rescue boat to the beach. We recruited experienced swift water rescue technicians and equipped them with HM Coastguard/RNLI spec water rescue PPE. Helmets, PFDs, dry suits and boots. Between the boat helm, water rescue techs and our clinical team. We developed a safe system of work for transferring a patient from the rescue boat to the shore.

Now our time critical patient is on ‘dry’ land. They are now lying on the beach 500 meters from the dedicated emergency ambulance. We need to move them safely, efficiently from the shore to the ambulance. Distance and terrain puts carrying out of the question. We purchased a 4×4 stretcher carrying ATV with low pressure sand tyres. Our patient was then loaded onto ATV and travelled accompanied by a clinician off the beach to hard standing and our ambulance or triage tent.

We had overcome delivering emergency care at sea, difficult terrain rescue and ensured all aspects of care were acknowledged and safeguarded against.

Fortunately the event passed without any significant injury. When tested the system was slick, safe and efficient. Patients were removed from the sea to shore and a dry, warm destination (hospital or our triage unit) with minimum risk and best care throughout.