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RFDS responds to Red CentreNATS burns victims

Date published

05 Sep 2017

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) played a key role in the mass emergency response following a car explosion at the Red CentreNATS event in Alice Springs on Sunday. 
A total of 11 spectators were rushed to the Emergency Department of Alice Springs Hospital after burning fuel sprayed into the onlooking crowd. 
The two most affected patients, a father and son from NSW, were flown Sunday night by a RFDS aeromedical team from Alice Springs Base to the Burns Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital for emergency surgery.
The two patients had burns to 20 percent of their bodies (face and limbs), one of which intubated and in a critical condition.

Later that evening, two Darwin residents aged in their 20s who had serious burns to their limbs were also airlifted to Royal Adelaide Hospital.

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On Monday morning five patients were stable with burns to their lower limbs and were being treated in the Alice Springs Hospital, while two others had been released.

Thousands of people had been in Alice Springs for the annual event which brings motoring enthusiasts from across the country to Central Australia.

Organisers cancelled the event following the accident.