Tag: fire

Winter Helipad Safety Tips

Here are 10 quick tips on how to keep your helipad in SAFE shape this winter:

1.  Use only UREA or a chemical product that claims no corrosive properties or hazards to the environment, such as the ice-melting agents Sodium Acetate or Potassium Acetate.

2.  DO NOT USE ROCK SALT.  Rock salt is corrosive to the aircraft.

3.  Do not use sand as an anti-skid agent.  It will not stay in place, and creates a projectile hazard during rotor wash.

4.  Helipad warning/safety signs should be cleared of snow and remain visible.

5.  Do not bury perimeter lighting in snow piles.

6.  Do not pile snow in front of gates or routes of ingress/egress from the helipad.

7.  Snow piles immediately adjacent to the helipad greater than 2 ft high could cause damage to the helicopter tail rotor.

8.  Position snow piles so that melting snow and ice will drain from the helipad and not refreeze, creating a fall/slip hazard.

9.  Helicopters develop rotor was that typically exceeds 75-100 mph.  Dangers include serious wind chill and projectiles created by any loose snow or ice.

10.  Whiteout conditions can occur during takeoff and landings.  These can affect pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic.

 

**Consider helipad painting schemes that help melt ice and snow.  A red background is recommended.  See FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 150-5390-2BPara 409b. (2) and fig 4-10b**

 

THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO TO KEEP OUR FLIGHT CREW AND PATIENTS SAFE!

 

For more info, visit http://www.OACCT.org

or contact:

Amanda Ball, Safety Officer at MedFlight.  aball@medflight.com

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A Southern Ohio Training Collaboration

-Amanda Ball, Safety Officer at MedFlight

Over a decade ago, Healthnet Aeromedical Services and MedFlight partnered to open the first co-owned and operated base in the nation.  Referred to by locals as “Healthnet 4 / MedFlight 7”, the team is based at the Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport and serves citizens in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia on a daily basis.  The team is steeped in experience and led locally by paramedics who are passionate for elevating safety and maintaining quality in the industry.  Serving a rural area scattered with EMS and volunteer fire departments, they recognized a need early on for continuing education in the area.  The base itself is unique… So to host a unique conference was not out of the question.  This year, the team hosted their 10th Tri-State Conference at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, OH.  What originally began as a smaller conference for healthcare providers has grown into a regional multi-track training for EMS, Nurses, and Firefighters.

With the help of our friends at Portsmouth Fire Department, full-day tactical training was provided for the fire personnel in attendance.   This year’s training included high angle rescue, rope rescue, rappelling techniques and more.  At the same time, EMS and hospital personnel were involved in hands-on clinical labs.  This full day included muscle memory training, advanced airway access labs, a live birth simulator, a pediatric assessment station, and riveting clinical lectures.

The benefits of multi-disciplinary training are endless.  Attendees represented local hospital staff, private EMS providers, volunteer firefighters, public township EMS officials, paid Fire/EMS departments, flight crew members, and nursing personnel… All of whom work together, responding to the same local emergencies, 24/7.  Don’t wait for an emergency transport mission to work together with your local healthcare providers.  Train hard and train often with them so future emergency response remains as seamless and safe as possible.

The goal of the HealthNet Aeromedical Services and MedFlight Tri-State Conference remains the same every year:  To thank local Fire, EMS, and Nursing personnel for their service, and to provide an opportunity for multiple local agencies to train together and practice the skillsets they use daily when responding to community needs.

This article was also shared in a magazine called Safety Matters, a collaborative effort owned and produced by MedFlight and Healthnet Aeromedical Services. 

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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.

Cold Weather Tips

Ohio winters can be quite cold.  Please consider these tips to remain warm and safe.

  • Please exercise an increased caution in your endeavors while outside.
    • Make sure you are adequately dressed and prepared for the worst.
    • Be careful when outside to keep your body covered to avoid exposure and the formation of frostbite
    • Consider keeping your coats on even while traveling in your vehicles
    • If you are traveling:
      • consider having personal survival kits in your vehicles
      • Make sure you have adequate fuel and supplies should you breakdown or have a problem.
      • You may want to consider fuel additives to prevent mechanical issues caused by condensation
      • Make sure your battery has been tested and able to withstand the cold
      • Make sure your cell phones are charged and available should you need to call for help.
            • When traveling to different locations use well-traveled routes and not back roads or cross country.

      Stay safe and stay warm!

      Tom Allenstein, President/CEO of MedFlight

      MedFlight: 20 Years and Counting!

      By Tom Allenstein, President and Chief Executive Officer

      This past April marked MedFlight’s 20th anniversary of serving Ohio!  Entering this milestone gives us a time to reflect on all that has been accomplished since our two founding helicopter organizations, OSU SkyMed and GrantLifeFlight, merged in 1995.

      Since that merger, we have seen expansion, contraction and changes in response to the needs of the communities we serve….

      • We’ve seen the addition of Mobile Intensive Care Units (MICUs) to complement our helicopter fleet.
      • We were invited into new markets outside of Central Ohio, including Akron and Cleveland, and we grew into eastern, southern, western, and northern Ohio.
      • We added helicopters to serve our requestors better, with a total of 10 now based across Ohio.
      • We entered into the 911 service arena, assisting Coshocton County EMS for nearly 10 years. We now fill service voids with MedCare, our own ALS/BLS ambulance service partnership.
      • We developed our MedComm Communications Center to meet the need for highly professionalized dispatching needs across Ohio. MedComm has grown to also serve air medical transport programs in Indiana and West Virginia.
      • Our education programs have grown to provide advanced training to thousands of paramedics, nurses and EMS workers across Ohio.
      • We’ve seen the addition and then subsequent subtraction of a regional/national fixed-wing program, so we could better focus our assets in Ohio.
      • We adopted the single-engine EC 130 helicopter fleet-wide, and entered into a new helicopter service partnership with Metro Aviation, Inc. This standardization increases safety, conserves precious healthcare dollars and positions us responsibly for the future.

      Successfully executing our mission requires that we continuously earn and keep the trust of local firefighters, EMTs, law enforcement, hospital staff and the patients they serve. This trust has been validated by our daily work and our award-winning operations. In 2014 MedFlight was recognized as Program of the Year by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). In 2012 we received the Vision Zero Safety Award , the highest industry award for air and ground critical care safety. Both awards are a testament to the dedication of the crewmembers, communicators, administrators and partner vendors that make up MedFlight.

      To say the last 20 years have been an “up and down ride” would be an understatement. However, MedFlight has always responded to the ever-changing healthcare transport environment with an eye on excellence and professionalism, and we will continue to seek out new service opportunities that support our Patients Firstmission.

      Long-time MedFlight Chief Operating Officer Tom Allenstein was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer upon the retirement of former President and CEO Rod Crane in December 2014.

      Calling All Former Patients…

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      On April 20th, 2015, MedFlight will celebrate our 20th year of service to Ohio!  We would like our former patients and their families to be part of the “thank you” to our dedicated medical crews by sharing your testimony and story with them.  Your story will be shared at our ceremony on April 18th to the flight teams and Mobile ICU teams that works tirelessly to make someone’s bad day just a little bit better.

      If you would like to share your story with us, you can either post it in the comments on this blog, or email it to Sara Craig at scraig@medflight.com.  We appreciate your help and your willingness to share.

      Welcome to the MedFlightOhio Blog!

      It’s a new year!  We’re excited to start this venture to compliment our online presence, and we hope you like our new blog!

      It’s going to be a great way to go into more detail about projects we have going on, happenings with us around the state, and much, much more.  This industry is 24/7 and things happen and change fast.  What better way than a blog to keep you in-the-loop with MedFlight.

      So sit back and enjoy, and let us know what you think!  Partners for Life. Into the sun....