DocBike receives £30k grant to fund life saving equipment from Zoll Medical

DocBike Riders Dr Ian Mew and Mark Williams with DSAA CEO Bill Sivewright.

DocBike has received a £30,000 grant from Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance (DSAA), to fund two critical care monitors from Zoll Medical Corporation to support its life saving work.

Working as key partners to prevent people from being involved in road traffic collisions and becoming patients in the first place, the generous grant from DSAA is aligned to both charities’ overall injury prevention strategy to benefit society.

DocBike is an injury prevention charity which aims to significantly reduce the number of motorcyclists killed or critically injured on our roads due to motorcycle collisions. Although DocBike operates as an independent charity, its partnership with the air ambulance means that it also forms one of several injury prevention arms of DSAA, which engages with motorcyclists to deliver key injury prevention messages, while also working alongside local emergency services to provide roadside critical care.

When DocBike clinicians respond to an emergency on the bikes, they do so with the same critical care doctors and practitioners that work on the air ambulance, and operate under the clinical governance procedures of DSAA’s critical care service. Recognising the benefits of carrying the same critical care monitoring system as DSAA, the charity wanted to update its existing units to ensure that their full inventory of medical equipment replicated that carried onboard the air ambulance.

The significant grant from DSAA has enabled DocBike to purchase two Zoll X Series critical care monitors from Zoll Medical Corporation, which will enable DocBike clinicians to manage a range of complex medical needs for patients; from those that need defibrillation due to suffering a cardiac arrest, to the most advanced blood pressure or pre-hospital patient monitoring.

Speaking of the grant and the benefit that the monitors will bring to the charity, Dr Ian Mew, Co-Founder and Trustee of DocBike said,

“The Zoll monitors are essentially the best piece of critical care monitoring equipment that we can find to treat patients that are severely injured or ill, or who are suffering during or post cardiac arrest. The capability of one device to do everything robustly and reliably is phenomenal. This is why DSAA and the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASfT) use the Zoll monitors and why DocBike were keen to use the same monitoring system, such that not only are we ensuring that patients receive the best level of care, but also ensuring a seamless transition of that care between all parties at incidents, which will help to save time and save people’s lives.

“We are immensely grateful to DSAA for this grant which will be hugely beneficial to the charity and the patients that we help. We are proud to work with an organisation that truly centres their work around what is going to help save people’s lives and bring significant benefit to society.

“As DocBike clinicians who are trying to keep people alive and families together, having the close working relationship that we do with DSAA enables us to achieve this, so their generous donation and ongoing support is very much appreciated.”