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CWRU Suggests Situational Rotor-Wing Training in Flight Nursing

CWRU Suggests Situational Rotor-Wing Training in Flight Nursing

When the worst happens, the quickest way for a patient to receive care at a nearby healthcare facility may be a swift ride from a rotary wing air ambulance – a medical chopper. According to a new air medical study article published by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, the safest way for a patient to travel by helicopter is with a well-trained acute care flight nurse with experience working in the noisy, extreme environment of a medical helicopter.

Yet despite the fact that acute care flight nurses routinely care for some of the most seriously ill patients, in some of the most difficult care environments, there has yet to be a clear national consensus on the minimum training required for flight nurses just starting out.

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Teen Brings Teen Back to Life while Air Ambulance Rushes to Scene

Teen Brings Teen Back to Life while Air Ambulance Rushes to Scene

According to a report from The Argus this morning, an 18-year-old teenager saved the life of a 17-year-old who had stopped breathing after suffering a severe impact to the chest. The heroic 18-year-old was able to bring the injured teen “back to life” while an air ambulance rushed to the scene.

It happened in Bexhill, a town outside London on the south-east coast of England. The boys were playing cricket, a sport similar to American baseball, when a sudden injury caught everyone off-guard.

David T., 17, was reportedly batting for his team when a speeding ball struck him just under his ribs. He staggered backwards and fell to the floor. His teammates watched the scene in horror as David soon ceased breathing, and appeared to be dead.

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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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