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MDs Suggest System-wide Changes to Improve Care During In-Flight Medical Emergencies

MDs Suggest System-wide Changes to Improve Care During In-Flight Medical Emergencies

Flight attendants are well trained to respond to emergency landings and evacuations. Yet, most flight attendants will never experience an emergency landing or evacuation for their entire career. On the other hand, in-flight medical emergencies are a much more common occurrence.Dr. Melissa L.P. Mattison and Dr. Mark Zeidel of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston published an article this month in the online Journal of the American Medical Association suggesting a series of across-the-board improvements to ensure airline passengers receive the best level of care in the unfortunate but inevitable event of an unexpected medical emergency in the air.

The doctors pointed out that in recent years, healthcare has improved by focused increasingly on standardization of processes of care. Interestingly, some major concepts in this movement originated in the airline industry. This standardization has improved aviation safety so much that there were no fatalities on U.S. domestic flights last year.

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New Technology Allows Air Ambulance to Rescue Patient in Storm

New Technology Allows Air Ambulance to Rescue Patient in Storm

A brand new flight technology with the potential to save countless lives was utilized for the first time on an air ambulance in Iowa last week.

On Tuesday, Mercy One, a medical helicopter operating out of Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, received the call to rescue the 15-year old victim of a rollover automobile crash. The mission was to pick up the critically-injured patient from the Chariton Airport and fly her to the medical center 55 miles away for further care.

Weather conditions were poor; A storm with torrential rains had rolled into the region, bringing winds of reducing the pilot’s visibility to a mere 50 feet — but the crew of Mercy One had an experimental ace up their sleeves that day.

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Dr. Omar Pasalodos, High Risk O.B. Medical Director for Air Medical Charters, has Passed Away.

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our great friend Dr. Omar Pasalodos, the High Risk OB Medical Director for Air Medical Charters. Tuesday, while traveling on business in the Dominican Republic, he passed away unexpectedly. His presence in our lives will be greatly missed.

Friends of Dr. Pasalodos say he was amazingly generous, very funny, and “the nicest man you could ever meet.” The parents of the thousands of children he helped deliver over the past decades are eternally grateful to him, and many have expressed their condolences and shared their personal memories of the extraordinary man who was “not only a great doctor, but a kind and funny person.”

Omar was born in Cuba on June 15, 1950. In 1960, he and his parents left Cuba on a small boat in the middle of the night to come to the United States. Once in the U.S., Omar went on to graduate from Palm Beach High School and then Florida Atlantic University. He earned his medical degree at the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo.

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First HUD System Coming for Light to Mid-Sized Business Jets, Air Ambulances

First HUD System Coming for Light to Mid-Sized Business Jets, Air Ambulances

Tipped off by a story from AVWeb, we discovered that the avionics company Rockwell Collins has pioneered the very first Head-Up Display (HUD) guidance system for light to mid-sized aircraft. Fixed-wing air ambulance operators and charter companies may want to take a look at this exciting upcoming technology.

The high-tech, self-contained system, which Rockwell Collins just unveiled at the Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar in San Diego, is called the HGS-3500. It is designed, like larger systems, to provide head-up guidance cues that enhance both the pilot’s situational awareness and the overall safety of the flight mission. The system has been scaled down in physical size to where it can potentially be installed in the smaller cockpits of turboprops and business jets, such as those commonly used by air ambulance companies.

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Boston’s BHCA Complains to FAA about Medical Helicopters Flying Overhead to MGH

Boston’s BHCA Complains to FAA about Medical Helicopters Flying Overhead to MGH

According to an article that recently appeared in The Boston Herald, many residents of Boston’s historic, upscale Beacon Hill district are fuming over “noisy” helicopters they feel are invading their airspace. FAA officials have been called to investigate what some residents call the “dangerous practices” of medical and news helicopters.

The Beacon Hill Civic Association wrote a letter to FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt stating that they often receive complaints that medevac helicopters – rotor aircraft carrying patients in need of urgent, life-saving medical care – often fly directly over the Beacon Hill area rather than following the designated flight routes along the river. The chairman of the BHCA, Jon Achatz, claims that he is often woken up by the helicopters in the morning and that his fellow residents complain about the aircraft flying at too low an altitude.

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