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Exciting Times Ahead for MedComm.

“I want to work for a team that respects each other.”

“I want to go home after my shift and feel like I made a difference in people’s lives.”

“I want to work in a fast-paced environment.”

When you see these phrases, you may think they refer to our flight teams or critical-care ground teams.  But there’s another team at MedFlight that thrives on dedication, teamwork, experience, and compassion:  MEDCOMM.

We’re looking for highly engaged people to join our Columbus-based MedComm team.  You’ll arrange critical-care  transport for patients in need.  You’ll plot coordinates for landing zones.  You’ll ensure a helicopter launches within 7 minutes from the first phone call.  You’ll have the best technology at your fingertips.  You’ll arrange transport and flight details into Toledo, Columbus, Akron, Dayton, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Indianapolis, and even Chicago.  You’ll be a “4th team member” for our medical teams, taking care of behind-the-scene details so the medical teams can do what they do best.  And you’ll go home from a full-time job with great benefits, knowing that you helped someone who needed help.

Communication Specialist Dawn M: “I am proud to be part of such an exceptional team. Our leadership is so supportive, and our comm center has the latest software and equipment.  Terrific, fun, and professional work environment.”

Pilot Dave C: “It’s definitely a team effort with the flight crews and MedComm… They are always helpful in resolving issues that arise, being challenging weather or patient-related…they are always professional.”

Flight RN Sally B:  “A great job…that is what you get with MedComm.  Whether is it updating us about traffic in busy airspace, watching the radar for changes during our mission, or the clear and concise way they relay patient information…they’re great.  MedComm always has our  back!”

Communication Specialist Sam K:  “I strive everyday to provide the best customer service and make a difference everyday.  I treat patients as if it were my loved one being transported.  We have amazing support from leadership and the crews!”

All positions are full-time, and you’ll join a team of seasoned Communication Specialists who are dedicated to not only the patients we serve, but to your success as well.

911 dispatch and an EMS/RN background are helpful in this career, but a variety of work histories will be considered.  The ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment are key as well.  You can find details and you can apply at http://www.MedFlight.com.  The MedComm Team is expanding, and we’d love to have you on-board.  #PartnersForLife

Why A Nurse/Medic Crew Configuration?

Since the inception of air medical transport in the early 1970’s,  the “ideal” crew composition has been the subject of much discussion.  There has been a variety of team types: RN/MD, RN/RN, RN/Medic, RN/RRT, etc.  While each type of crew configuration offers many theoretical benefits, there is little scientific research to support any specific mix of medical crew members.  Most air medical programs in the United States operate with a RN/Medic crew.

MedFlight believes that critical care nurses and paramedics can be trained in skill performance to the level of a physician.  In addition to conducting ongoing quality reviews of the procedures performed by our crews, an annual competency program, and continuing education to enhance clinical skills, each MedFlight transport is supervised by an identified Medical Control Physician who is immediately available to the crew and who provides input regarding the care of the patient.  Each MCP has specialty training in adult emergency medicine, pediatrics, neonatology or high-risk obstetrical care, depending on the patient’s condition.

MedFlight crews are trained to perform and well-versed in, among other skillsets:

  • Rapid Sequence Intubation using paralytic agents
  • Oral and Nasotracheal Intubation
  • Surgical and Needle Cricothyroidotomy
  • Conversion of peripheral IV line to 8.5 Fr introducer for rapid fluid administration
  • IO insertion
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Needle chest decompression
  • Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump management and transport
  • Ventilator management
  • Monitoring of arterial catheters and Swan-Ganz catheters
  • Monitoring of pulse oximetry and end-tidal CO2
  • Transcutaneous pacing
  • Maintenance of transvenous pacemaker
  • Burn escharotomy

Mobile ICU and Flight Teams also maintain several clinical certifications above and beyond their RN and Paramedic licensures.

The RN/Medic crew configuration offers the most cost-effective method of medical care delivery in the critical care transport environment.  MedFlight is committed to providing the highest level of care for the lowest cost to patients, receiving hospitals, and third-party payors.

We’re proud of the quality work and dedication our clinical crews produce daily.  There are decades of experience at each MedFlight base.  If you have additional questions regarding MedFlight and our capabilities, please visit our website or on social:  @MedFlightOhio.  Partners for Life.

Dr. Howie Werman, Medical Director of MedFlight & Emergency Physician at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center