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Switzerland. Canton Ticino. Lugano. Ospedale Civico. Emergency room. The Rega has rescued an elderly man lying on a stretcher and suffering from a heart problem. Medical care. The paramedic Paolo Menghetti (L) and the emergency physician Michele Musiari give all needful medical informations to the hospital’s medical team. All Rega helicopters carry a crew of three: a pilot, an emergency physician, and a paramedic who is also trained to assist the pilot for radio communication, navigation, terrain/object avoidance, and winch operations. The name Rega was created by combining letters from the name "Swiss Air Rescue Guard" as it was written in German (Schweizerische Rettungsflugwacht), French (Garde Aérienne Suisse de Sauvetage), and Italian (Guardia Aerea Svizzera di Soccorso). Rega is a private, non-profit air rescue service that provides emergency medical assistance in Switzerland. Rega mainly assists with mountain rescues, though it will also operate in other terrains when needed, most notably during life-threatening emergencies. 10.09.2017 © 2017 Didier Ruef