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MedFlight Applying for CAMTS Re-Accreditation This Fall

 

MedFlight Applying for CAMTS Re-Accreditation This Fall.

Public Notice,  by Tom Allenstein,  President & CEO

 

MedFlight welcomes CAMTS (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport
Systems) on September 6 & 7, 2018.
The purpose of the site visit will be to evaluate the program’s compliance with nationally
established medical transport standards. The site visit results will be used to determine
whether, and the conditions under which accreditation should be awarded to the program, again.
CAMTS accreditation standards deal with issues of patient care and safety of the transport environment. Anyone believing that he or she has pertinent or valid information about such matters may request a public information interview with the CAMTS site surveyors at the time of the site visit. Information presented at the interview will be carefully evaluated for relevance to the accreditation process. Requests for public information interviews must be made in writing and sent to CAMTS no later than 5 business days before the site survey begins. The request should also indicate the nature of the information to be provided during the interview.  Such request should be addressed to:
Office of the Executive Director
Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems
PO Box 130
Sandy Springs, SC, 29677
The Commission will acknowledge such written requests in writing or by telephone and will inform the program of the request for an interview. The Commission will, in turn, notify the interviewee of the date, time and place of the meeting.

This notice is posted in accordance with CAMTS requirements and shall not be
removed until the site visit is completed.

Date Posted: August 8, 2018.

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

Three Souls…


Three Souls” – Bev Meade, MSN, RN, MHA, CEN, CCRN, CFRN, CTRN, TCRN, EMT-P. Flight Nurse, MedFlight 3.

Our pilot completed his safety checklist and risk assessment, and contacted our Columbus, Ohio, Communications Center with the first radio traffic of the morning: “MedComm, this is MedFlight 3. We have 3 souls, 1 hour 30 minutes in fuel, 8 minute ETA.”.  This radio transmission is always given before we lift from our helipad to begin our mission.  The response was as expected from our experienced Communication Specialists watching over all of us… they monitor us flying and driving our patients “to and fro” for this company.  They acknowledged us with “Copy MedFlight 3… 3 souls, 1 hour 30 minutes in fuel, 8 minute ETA”, and we lifted into the cool, pre-dawn calm with our Night Vision Goggles (NVG’s) down and activated.

 

Our mission was to transport a patient with an ST -elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) from a rural area in Ohio to the closest cardiac interventional facility… rapidly, efficiently, and safely.  As we landed at the remote landing zone (LZ), we did as we were taught and as we have done hundreds of times on landing… We focused our attention outside diligently, looking through and around the NVG’s for hazards that could mean disaster for the “three souls” on board.

 

Safety is and has always been a top priority for my company, and I am thankful that we are recognized as one of the most safety-conscious critical-care transport organizations in the state.  We communicated succinctly with the local fire department at the LZ, and were acutely aware that our safe landing could mean the difference between life and death for our patient, whom we have yet to meet, and, of course, for us as well.  Even though the “three souls” on board have thousands of safe arrivals, each landing and takeoff still makes me alert, tensed, & ever-vigilant for the unseen hazards that we all know are out there.

 

“MedComm, MedFlight 3.  We’re ‘skids down’ safely”  is what we all wanted to hear, and that is exactly what transpired.  As usual, I thanked my pilot for a safe landing and waited until the blades came to a complete stop before exiting the aircraft to retrieve the necessary equipment, supplies, and of course… my paramedic! As we walked to the waiting EMS vehicle,  I contemplated what we might find, what might need to be done quickly, and what a difference we can make in this person’s life.

 

After assessing and placing appropriate monitoring equipment on our patient, we departed the EMS vehicle in under 7 minutes to rapidly load & secure our patient for the lifesaving transport he desperately needed.  Our pilot once more pierced the airwaves with “MedComm, MedFlight 3.  Lifting from scene with 4 souls, 1 hour 20 minutes in fuel, 30 minute ETA” and we departed the rural hills of Ohio for the center of the state, where critical interventions awaited this patient.

 

After arriving at the receiving hospital and transporting the patient to the cardiac catherization lab, we became “3 souls” again… the team of 3 who answer the call of duty, who respond without hesitation to help the sick and injured, whose life’s work and studies have led each soul to this place, at this time. And I know that there are others just like us at MedFlight around the nation that are awake at 0200, answering the incoming radio or telephone call, responding just as quickly and safely to save the life of another soul. 

 

The mission was completed, the cardiac vessel reopened, and the patient was recovering to resume his life in southeastern Ohio.  As each of the “three souls” completed the post-flight tasks, readying the aircraft for the flight home… me completing the patient care chart and sending it to the receiving facility, the medic restocking the aircraft for another mission if needed, and our pilot refueling for the flight home or to another destination as needed…  I paused for a moment to consider what we had just accomplished.  All of us played a part in the outcome of this patient: Family, EMS, our Communication Center, all of our ancillary personnel, the flight crew, and receiving facility… Each entity relying on the other to do their jobs and save a life.

 

As we were enroute to our base, I considered the new day dawning as the sunrise peaked above the hills of southeastern Ohio where I call home.  I announced “goggles up”, and I contemplated how each of us have a pivotal role in this mission.  I am still in awe after 20 years serving others in critical-care transport how all of this happens almost seamlessly to improve the outcome of our patients.  But, perhaps, more importantly…  I looked to the right toward my medic, and in front of me to my pilot, and I am thankful that each one of the “three souls” are where they are supposed to be, doing what they are supposed to do, and that each of us bear the burden of safety and excellent patient care and quality transport so that we can hear once more “MedComm, MedFlight 3 is safe on deck with three souls” as we land at our helipad…  Mission accomplished.



	

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

 

 

A Strong Partnership in Portsmouth

MedFlight and Healthnet Aeromedical Services Extend Partnership with SOMC

Portsmouth, OH.  Ohio-based MedFlight and West Virginia-based Healthnet Aeromedical Services are proud to announce the extension of their Preferred Provider Agreement with Southern Ohio Medical Center through 2020.

Healthnet Aeromedical Services 4 / MedFlight 7 is a shared critical-care air medical base located at the Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport and recently celebrated 10-years of service in Scioto County.  Their current provider partnership with SOMC has been in place since the inception of the base and was re-signed in 2014.

“We’re honored to have the full confidence of the leaders and staff at Southern Ohio Medical Center.  We share a wonderful relationship with them and are pleased to have the opportunity to extend it through the end of the decade and beyond,” said Healthnet Aeromedical Services CEO Clinton Burley.

Healthnet Aeromedical Services 4 / MedFlight 7 provides air medical transport from remote scenes as well as from area hospitals 24/7, 365 days-a-year.  The flight teams have many years of experience transporting adult, pediatric, and neonatal patients reliant on ICU-level expertise, equipment and medicine.  The team also carries blood and fresh plasma on the aircraft.

“We’re humbled to be part of the Scioto County community and proud we can provide excellent service to the residents in Southern Ohio in their greatest times of need.  It’s truly an honor that SOMC trusted us to continue to serve them as their air medical provider of choice”, stated MedFlight President Tom Allenstein.  “We’re looking forward to working together with the Southern Ohio Medical Center to better patient outcomes for years to come.”

Learn more about MedFlight at www.MedFlight.com and Healthnet Aeromedical Services at www.HealthnetAeromedical.com.  

Coming to Preble County: MEDFLIGHT

Kettering Health Network and MedFlight are expanding their critical air transportation partnership by adding a permanent medical helicopter base at the Preble County Medical Center in Eaton, Ohio.

 Kettering Health Network plans to construct the base, which will include a hangar and crew living quarters. The permanent base will be staffed by critical care nurses and paramedics, pilots, and mechanics 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During construction, a helicopter will be based at the Preble County Medical Center during the day starting within the next 90 days.

“We are pleased to expand our partnership with MedFlight to serve the people of Preble County and the surrounding counties in southwest Ohio,” says Fred Manchur, Chief Executive Officer of Kettering Health Network. “MedFlight, along with Kettering Health Network’s comprehensive emergency and trauma services, offers life-saving service close at hand for people with a life-threatening injury or illness who need to get to a hospital fast.”

 Kettering Health Network’s partnership with MedFlight began in 2013, when MedFlight placed a medical helicopter base nearby in Fayette County, serving Kettering Health Network and other partnering health systems and communities to the east of the greater Dayton area, including Fayette and Clinton counties.

In the greater Dayton region, MedFlight will provide critical care transportation of patients between Kettering Health Network hospitals and other hospitals as necessary. The helicopter will also respond to accident scenes and transports patients to the most appropriate hospital for critical care.

Furthermore, MedFlight’s new base will add an additional resource to the existing fleet to support other affiliated hospital partners throughout Ohio.

“MedFlight is honored to partner with Kettering Health Network in serving southwest Ohio by providing customer-focused medical transportation solutions,” says Tom Allenstein, President of MedFlight. “This community resource will reduce response times for critical patients in need, who will now receive faster critical care.”

Kettering Health Network

Kettering Health Network is a not-for-profit network of eight hospitals, 10 emergency departments, and 120 outpatient facilities serving southwest Ohio. The network’s hospitals are Kettering, Grandview, Sycamore, Southview, Greene Memorial, Soin, Fort Hamilton, and Kettering Behavioral Medicine. Kettering College, a division of Kettering Medical Center, is a fully accredited college that specializes in health science education. Kettering Health Network is recognized as one of the 2016 Truven Health Analytics 15 Top Health Systems in the United States.

MedFlight

MedFlight is a non-profit air and ground critical care transportation company based in Columbus, Ohio that completes thousands of critical care transports by Helicopter and Mobile Intensive Care ground units each year.  MedFlight is made possible by its consortium health systems of OhioHealth and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.  MedFlight also has a partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. MedFlight received the air medical industry’s highest safety award in 2012 and was named “Program of the Year” in 2014.

20 Years: The MedFlight Mobile ICU Division

“It was 20 years ago today that I started as a Mobile ICU paramedic for MedFlight…they had just acquired the Riverside Methodist Hospital Critical Care Transport team where I had previously worked.  On October 20th, 1996, my last shift at Riverside, we were asked to bring the Mobile ICU vehicles to MedFlight as our final task.

I remember MedFlight leadership standing at the hangar door, welcoming us to MedFlight.  I think all of us were excited about this new chapter in our careers.

I have seen many changes through the last 20 years and worked with so many talented people that it boggles my mind.  Working for MedFlight has been awesome, and I wouldn’t have missed the experience for anything.”

~ Lou Hoyer, MedFlight Mobile ICU Paramedic for 20 Years

What a great resource our critical-care  Mobile ICU teams have been for Ohio patients.  This excellent division of MedFlight doesn’t get the limelight it deserves, but, without it, MedFlight would not be who we are today.  To all of our partners that have served and continue to serve on the Mobile ICU teams…. THANK YOU.  And congratulations on 20 great years of service.

~ Tom Allenstein, President and CEO of MedFlight