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May
16
2016

My Two Cents - Voice for the Voiceless

Posted by jhadmin

It certainly wasn’t my intention to be on drugs when I addressed FAA regulators at the “Meet the FAA Regulators” session at HAI Heli-Expo 2014. Two hours prior to that talk, I literally couldn’t walk. My back suddenly went out causing excruciating lower back pain, something that occurs every three years or so due to years of competitive tennis and decades in the cockpit. Still, I needed to tell the regulators that they missed a real opportunity to draft meaningful new rules to stop the unacceptable HEMS accident rate. Throwing a mix of over-the-counter painkillers down my throat, I gingerly made my way to the convention center. [Read More...]



Tags: ems Randy Mains
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categorySafety



Nov
01
2012

A Sure Fire Fix for the Most Dangerous Job in America

Posted by jhadmin

Want to hear something shocking? According to the American Journal of Clinical Medicine (Winter 2009 issue) after assessing past statistics then projecting them forward, they predicted that if you fly in a HEMS helicopter and do that job for twenty years, you face a 40 percent chance of losing your life. [Read More...]

Tags: ems mains safety
Categories: categorySafety categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryOpinion-Editorial



May
25
2012

It Takes a Village to Stop the Accidents

Posted by jhadmin

Helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) provide life-saving transports for the critically ill or injured. However, the rising number of U.S. HEMS accidents over the past decade is cause for serious questions as to their operational safety. For this reason a national effort is underway to reduce HEMS accidents. [Read More...]

Tags: accident ems safety village
Categories: categorySafety categoryOpinion-Editorial



Dec
01
2011

A History of REACH Air Medical Services

Posted by jhadmin

Beginning in 1987 with one helicopter, the company now employs more than 300 people in California, Oregon and Texas. Privately owned and operated, REACH is known not only for its mission-driven patient care, but also by its distinctive red aircraft, innovative safety initiatives, employee- and customer-centricity tenets and industry leadership. [Read More...]

Tags: Air ems Medical REACH
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHelicopter Sectors



Sep
15
2011

Offshore EMS - When Life Matters

Posted by jhadmin

By Caterina Hessler, Philipp Jahnke - Due to environmental pollution and the dawning end of mineral oil as one of the main energy resources, clean ways to generate renewable energy gain more and more importance. One of the most important renewable energy sources is wind. Therefore giant wind farms are planned to be built in the Northern and Baltic Sea – but as the number and the size of those parks grow, new problems concerning the care for injured or ill workers arise. [Read More...]

Tags: ems Helicopter offshore rescue
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHelicopter Sectors



Aug
25
2011

The Care and Feeding of your Medical Crew

Posted by jhadmin

By Mike Biasatti - How do you build trust among your crew? I’m always impressed when I ask one of the med crew a question that they don’t know the answer to, and instead of trying to BS me with some verbal gymnastics, they answer, “I don’t know.” Those who are truly interested in building a strong sense of team will go one further and follow with, “I’ll find out and get back to you.” [Read More...]

Tags: crew crm ems Medical
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial



Jun
10
2011

The Morning After

Posted by jhadmin

By Ed MacDonald - It was a morning like no other. Key members of the management team sat around the conference table with bleary red eyes and a demeanor which reflected their shared loss and pain from the night before. Self-doubt and a sense of their own human frailty permeated each team member down to the core. What could have prevented this tragic event? Why didn’t they see it coming? [Read More...]

Tags: accident crash ems
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial



Apr
14
2011

Rumblings from Independence Avenue: Trouble Ahead for HEMS?

Posted by jhadmin

By Bill Winn - The sound of thunder on the near horizon can herald hope or fear, depending on whether you are a drought-stricken farmer or a Golden Retriever with a serious phobia of both the boom and flash of lightening. My dog Max literally climbs into bed between me and Joyce during every thunderstorm, and lies there shivering uncontrollably until the storm has passed. It's like having one of those vibrating beds you find in cheap motels. [Read More...]

Tags: ems HEMS new rules
Categories: categorySafety categoryRegulatory categoryOpinion-Editorial



Feb
09
2011

Do We Really Need New Rules

Posted by jhadmin

Actually “we” probably do…or at least one or two of us need a little firmer guidance from the FAA and/or our operator. When I started flying patients in dire need about forty-one years ago we had very few restrictions. Of course, it was a combat zone and we were very young and bold. Many years later after losing far too many friends who bravely pushed into the jaws of death, even in peacetime, it is clear to me that one doesn’t become “old and bold” unless we restrict ourselves and exercise restraint and good judgment on every single flight, no matter how critical. It has also become clear to me that a few of our peers need adult supervision from time to time. [Read More...]

Tags: ems safety
Categories: categorySafety



Jan
26
2011

National EMS Pilots Association AO21 Survey Results

Posted by jhadmin

This is a preliminary report of a survey completed by 568 active helicopter EMS pilots in September and October of 2010. The solicitation to pilots to participate in this survey included the following introductory statement: [Read More...]

Tags: AO21 ems nemspa safety
Categories: categorySafety categoryRegulatory categoryHelicopter Sectors


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