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March 24 2014


Air Medical Transport Conference To Focus On Patient Care And Safety

26-28 for this years event. Alexandria, VA Opportunities for improving medical helicopter safety, traumatic brain injury (TBI) awareness and support, and a look at regulatory issues affecting helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) are among the topics of this years Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC), the largest gathering of its kind in the nation. More than 2,000 air medical transport professionals from across the globe will gather in San Jose, Calif., Oct. 26-28 for this years event. AMTC offers 150-plus education sessions covering topics in a variety of disciplines including safety, core clinical, specialty clinical, management, aviation, research, and communications. In addition, AMTC features an annual Scientific Assembly and an exposition hall where more than 150 companies will display products and services related to air and critical care ground medicine. The conferences opening session on Monday, Oct. 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., http://medflightreviews.beeplog.com will feature a keynote speech regarding TBI awareness by Lee Woodruff, wife of ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff and the Life and Family contributor for ABCs Good Morning America. Ms. Woodruff is on the board of the Bob Woodruff Family Foundation, a not-for-profit that provides resources and support to injured service members, veterans and their families, especially those affected by TBI and combat stress. Lee became involved with this cause after her husband suffered a TBI following a roadside bomb attack while on assignment in Iraq. In addition, two Chicago-area law enforcement officers who are TBI survivors will be available at the conference to relate their stories. Another conference highlight will be an Oct. 27 keynote by Dr. Mark Rosekind, former director of the NASA Fatigue Countermeasures Program, who has gained international recognition for translating complex sleep and circadian (body clock) science into practical, effective strategies that enhance performance, safety and health. Still other not-to-be-missed conference events include: a pre-conference aircraft fly-in on Saturday, Oct. 24; a Vision-Zero safety presentation by Ira Blumen, MD, FACEP, University of Chicago Medical Center, based on his nationally recognized research focusing on opportunities for safety improvement in HEMS; the annual AAMS METI Cup competition, sponsored by MedEvac Foundation International, in which competing teams practice and display their emergency patient-care skills on a state-of-the-art emergency-care patient simulator provided by Medical Education Technologies, Inc. (METI). AMTC is a one-stop shop for access to representatives from myriad key aviation and health-care-related organizations. Organizers include the Association of Air Medical Services, the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association, the Air Medical Physician Association, the International Association of Flight Paramedics, the National Association of Air Medical Communication Specialists, and the National EMS Pilots Association. Members of the media can pre-register online at www.aams.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Media_Room or obtain credentials, arrange interviews and get conference news onsite at Booth 1801. For a complete list of sessions, see www.aams.org/Content/NavigationMenu/EducationMeetings/AMTC2009/default.htm . This content continues onto the next page... Previous Page

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March 18 2014


Calif. Air Ambulance Co. Fined For Straying From Patient Transport Plan

Both county and company officials said the plan goes beyond ensuring the ambulance company follows the county plan in the future. "It makes REACH a new partner in our local EMS strategy," county Emergency Medical Services administrator Dan Burch said. The fine stems from two August incidents. On Aug. 4, a REACH helicopter took a patient to a hospital in Stanislaus County after being told to take the patient to San Joaquin General Hospital, according to a county report. A car struck a bicycle, and paramedics who took the patient a short distance to rendezvous with the air ambulance told the air crew from the physician directing the response to take the person to San Joaquin General. After the REACH helicopter took flight, the air crew changed its route to a hospital with a higher-level trauma center because of the patient's head injury, according to a record of the incident completed by a REACH paramedic cited by the county. The patient did survive the accident, according to the county. "At no point was the patient in danger," said Anna Blair, REACH vice president of business relations. In the second incident, on Aug. 11, a REACH helicopter initially insisted on taking a child injured in a traffic accident to Oakland Children's Hospital when http://medflightnews8kt.beeplog.com told it should be heading to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. The helicopter ultimately complied with the county order. Both incidents were contrary to the county's new trauma plan, which outlines policies and procedures on how to deal with patients suffering from traumatic injuries, including where to take them, depending on the severity of the injury. The plan is designed and directed by physicians to give patients the best chance for survival, Burch said. "We know, based on scientific evidence, that trauma systems save lives," he said. "We came down hard on REACH because it was a willful act of refusal." At a revocation hearing, an attorney representing the company said REACH staff members were acting in the best interest of the patients. At the hearing and later, REACH officials agreed it had not followed county policies. "There was a deviation that occurred by our staff. (San Joaquin County) was appropriate in identifying the deficiency," said REACH's Blair. That, and the newness of the county's policy, contributed to the incidents, she said. The corrective-action plan will improve coordination with the county, she said. San Joaquin General became the county's designated center for most trauma cases on Aug.

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March 06 2014


Mercy Air Med Flight Crew Returns To Service

Bisbee Income Tax & Accounting Service Today was our first day flying, Chief Flight Nurse Bryan Williams said. As of today were back on normal operations. The flight crew, which consists of five flight nurses, four paramedics and four pilots, has been grounded since the Jan. 2 crash of Mercys Air Med helicopter. All three crew members were killed, flight nurse Shell Langenbau, paramedic Russell Piehl and pilot Gene Grell. I think well think about them every day, Williams said. Weve had to get through some things, work through some emotions. The hospital is in the process of hiring members to replace those who were lost, he said. On Tuesday a flight crew made the short flight from the hangar to the helipad at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in a temporary copter furnished by Med-Trans Corp. of Dallas, Texas. Med-Trans contracts with Mercy-North Iowa to provide medical helicopter transportation service. Med-Trans Corp. has been amazing, Williams said. A new permanent helicopter should be in service in early March, he said. It will be the same model as the previous helicopter, a Bell 407. In the meantime, the flight crew has been busy training to prepare for the day the flight service resumes. Theyve done a lot of helicopter flying, including with family members, Williams said. For all of us, its important, he said. This is what air ambulance evac we love to do. We live to fly. We know there are patients out there that need our care. Were still committed. Were still striving for the highest level of excellence. Since Jan. 2, medical helicopter services from locations such as Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Sioux City have been providing helicopter service for Mercy-North Iowa, Williams said. The most overwhelming and amazing part has been the support of the community and other flight programs, he said. Copyright 2014 Mason City Globe Gazette. All rights reserved.

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February 25 2014


Nature Air Provides Medical Air Transport In Costa Rica And Abroad

Palm Real Estate Playas del Coco Air ambulance services have been around since World War I, but sophisticated and readily accessible aeromedical services have only recently become available in Costa Rica. Over the last three years, Nature Air -a domestic airline that is probably best known in Costa Rica for their colorful aircraft fleet and the distinction of being the worlds first carbon-neutral airline- has been offering aeromedical services in acute and emergency life-saving situations. Thanks to a strategic partnership with Central America Life Flight , Nature Air flies patients in need of medical attention within Costa Rica, Central America, the Caribbean, and parts of North and South America. The Costa Rica Star recently spoke with Don Ricardo Hernandez, Director of Operations at Central America Life Flight. He explained that his company is part of a Air Evac International , an aeromedical service provider based in San Diego, California. The company has three air bases: Southern California, Mexico and Costa Rica. Air Evac has its own Learjet fleet, and in Costa Rica it enjoys a partnership with Nature Air. Having Nature Air as the medical flight provider is crucial for the operations of Air Evac and Central America Life Flight. Costa Ricas rolling topography and remote rural areas call for the nimble aircraft and experienced Tico pilots of Nature Air. According to Mr. Hernandez , Central America Life Flight transports patients not just within Costa Rica. Miami is a common international route, as well as Colombia and the Caribbean island nations. The companys physicians, nurses and paramedics have all been specially trained in flight medicine, and in some cases they also accompany patients on commercial flights who may need supervision -such as patients receiving oxygen therapy or under treatment for seizures. Not all medical flights are of a life-saving nature, but they all have a certain degree of urgency. Mr. Hernandez mentioned as an example a surgeon who might injured his hands while on vacation in Costa Rica, or a professional athlete whose team wants to ensure that he or she receive immediate care after an injury. To this extent, Central America Life Flight also coordinates helicopter flights . With highly-trained personnel and advanced equipment, air ambulance providers these days offer bedside-to-bedside service, meaning that they take care of the ground transportation as well. Mr. Hernandez mentioned that virtually all flights are paid for by the patients insurance companies , so it is always a good visit our website idea to review medical insurance policies and ensure that they have the appropriate coverage for aeromedical services should the need arise. COSTA RICA NEWS FROM THE PAST 90 DAYS January 24, 2014

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January 31 2014


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