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New Docu-Drama Brings Life of Air Ambulance Team to the Small Screen

New Docu-Drama Brings Life of Air Ambulance Team to the Small Screen

The television network TNT (who, by their own admission, “know drama”) has ordered a new docu-drama show centered on the life and times of an air ambulance crew.

The unscripted series will focus on air medical teams at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.

Cameras will follow air medical pilots, flight paramedics, flight nurses, and flight physicians as they perform their usual duties, including life-saving procedures both in the air and on the ground.

It will also give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on behind various doors at the medical center. Cameras will record the efforts of emergency room staff and trauma surgeons as they race against the clock to save the lives of patients brought in by the air ambulance crew.

Being shot documentary-style, we expect the new show to depict real incidents of trauma, life-saving, and other things air medical teams deal with on a day-to-day basis.

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Pilot Not Liable for Coworker Injuries Following Medical Helicopter Crash

Pilot Not Liable for Coworker Injuries Following Medical Helicopter Crash

The Arkansas Supreme Court held up the declaration of a lower court that a medical helicopter pilot is immune from liability for injuries related to an 8-year old accident — even if the accident was allegedly caused by pilot negligence.

The air ambulance was heading from a facility in Claremore, Oklahoma to the scene of an automobile accident in Benton County, Arkansas. After picking up the accident victim, the helicopter headed toward the hospital, but crashed shortly after takeoff.

The two members of the medical crew onboard suffered physical injuries, which they alleged were caused by negligent operation of the helicopter.

Thus, following the accident, these other members of the flight crew (a flight nurse and an EMT) brought a negligence suit against the pilot for the injuries that resulted from the crash.

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Video Gives Rare Glimpse of 787 Cockpit During Takeoff

Video Gives Rare Glimpse of 787 Cockpit During Takeoff

Please fasten your safety belt, and make sure your tray table is in its upright and locked position.

This rare video uploaded by U.S. Youtube user wmassbruce doesn’t just show off the inside of the aircraft. It gives viewers a glimpse of what exactly is seen and experienced by pilots at the helm of one of Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliners during takeoff.

As wmassbruce notes, the pilots in the video take notice of the fact that the modern 787 Dreamliner sounds considerably louder during takeoff than the older aircraft they’re used to. Kind of reminds me of a certain car sitting in my garage this Winter. Unlike the car however, the Dreamliner can make it up the street and more.

Video: Rare view from inside the cockpit of a real 787 Dreamliner during takeoff

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Air Ambulance Finds Trapped Person to Be a Real Dummy

Air Ambulance Finds Trapped Person to Be a Real Dummy

An English air medical flight crew and a paramedic team rushed to the scene of what they thought was an emergency — only to discover that the person trapped inside wasn’t trapped… or a person.

A parked vehicle blanketed in snow and encased in a layer of ice, with someone inside, was reported to emergency services. The good-hearted, well-intended person who reported the emergency was unable to gain access to the interior of the vehicle, and believed the victim trapped inside was unconscious and not breathing.

Technically, they were correct. On both counts. For when the air ambulance crew and paramedics arrived at the scene, after a careful assessment of the situation, they realized they were responding to a mannequin sitting inside a parked car.

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BBC Video: National Air Ambulance Service Raises Concerns

BBC Video: National Air Ambulance Service Raises Concerns

This new video from the BBC, and its accompanying article, discuss the competition of the sixteen independent air ambulance services across England.

In particular, it looks at the competition of a national air medical service for the transport of child patients between hospitals.

Some air ambulance services in England have said that the re-branding of an existing charity as “The Air Ambulance Service” (the new name) have created confusion.

The Air Ambulance Service is an independent air ambulance charity that, like all air ambulance charities in England, is entirely funded by corporate and public donations. In addition to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, it also manages The Children’s Air Ambulance charity.

According to the BBC article/video, other air medical services have expressed concerns about how realistic The Air Ambulance Service’s plans are, as well as the potential impact on other HEMS/air medical services through competition.

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