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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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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

      Hunt Smart. Hunt Safe.

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      Hunting season is upon us in Ohio, and our friends at Ohio-based G2 Outdoors provided some safe hunting tips for the enthusiast in your family.

      Off Target, Off Trigger

      When gun hunting, the rule should be “Off Target, Off Trigger” to prevent accidental and negligent discharge of the weapon.  Always point the muzzle at the ground or at a safe direction when carrying a loaded firearm.

      Check Your Equipment

      Inspect all equipment for possible damage or malfunctions.  If anything looks ‘out of sort’, don’t use it.  This includes firearms, bows, arrows, strings, broadheads, and more.

      Use Fall Protection!

      Always, always, always use fall protection when hunting from a tree stand.  When using climber stands, always be ‘hooked up from the ground up’.

      Have a Clear Shooting Path

      Know your target, and have a clear shooting path to prevent any accidents and shooting anything that is NOT your target.   When you have a target in sight, be sure there is nothing PAST the target that could be negatively impacted by a missed shot.

      Be Accountable

      Always let someone know where you will be hunting and when you expect to return home.  Always carry a cell phone or way to communicate in the event of an emergency.

      About G2 Outdoors: “We’re a group of blue-collar guys that have a love for the outdoors.  We practice safe hunting habits and film our hunts to share with our friends and fans.”

      Make sure to “Like” G2 Outdoors on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/G2HuntHard

      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.