September 29, 2014

September 29th is World Heart Day – Are You Heart Healthy?



With September 29th being World Heart Day, the World Heart Federation encourages everyone to learn more about fighting cardiovascular disease (CVD). CVD is the world’s number one killer, causing 17.3 million deaths every year. Furthermore, studies show that 80% of these CVD related deaths may have been avoided by controlling the four main risk factors:

Tobacco use
Unhealthy diet
Lack of physical activity
Harmful use of alcohol

Original Blog Post can be found by visiting this website.

September 26, 2014

Angel MedFlight’s Innovative Website Wins Silver – Best Overall Web Design


Angel MedFlight is proud to announce that we were the recent winner of the  Silver Stevie® Award for “Best Overall Web Design” at the 2014 American Business Awards™. Since 2002, the Stevie® Awards have been recognized as one of the most prestigious  achievements a business can be awarded. Businesses compete in several different categories for a Gold, Silver or Bronze statue. Stevie®, the name of the award, is derived from the Greek word for “crowned.” The crystal pyramid atop the award represents the hierarchy of human needs.

Read more about the Angel MedFlight Stevie Award, click here.

September 18, 2014

Celebrate Those Who Care For Premature Babies


September 15th is National Neonatal Nurses Day, a special day for the nurses that care for premature babies. These nurses are known as neonatal nurses.   It is National Neonatal Nurses Day, and members of the neonatal community and others are taking the time to recognize the good that these healthcare professionals do for the world’s smallest patients. Premature birth is designated as a birth at least three weeks before a baby’s normal due date (40 weeks). The earlier a baby is born, the more risk it has for healthcare problems. These premature infants often need to be cared for in a neonatal intensive-care unit, also known as a NICU. The babies are cared for in a neonatal incubator. The first neonatal incubator was invented in the nineteenth century by Dr. Stephane Tarnier.

Read more by visiting the original post at http://blog.angelmedflight.com/2014/09/15/celebrate-those-who-care-for-premature-babies/


September 8, 2014

Air Ambulance Companies Train with Sophisticated Patient Simulators

The air medical crews that work for Air Ambulance companies train regularly to keep their skills sharp. They also must attend regular continuing education classes and participate in other ongoing training. Some companies train with life-like patient simulators. These simulators are valuable tools for the flight paramedics and flight nurses to practice life saving skills on.

Image From SimMan http://www.laerdal.com/

What do Patient Simulators do?
Patient simulators have been around for some time, however today’s versions are very technically advanced. One particular simulator call SimMan® 3G is one of the most innovative simulators used. Air medical crews need to train, to practice their lifesaving medical skills for real-world scenarios. Being able to create conditions resembling what in-flight medical issues a patient might experience is possible with this patient simulator. SimMan® is a wireless, self-contained state-of-the-art patient training simulator. A trainer can program virtually any scenario via a wireless graphical user interface (GUI).

When a simulation is programmed into SimMan® he virtually comes alive. He can blink, secrete from his eyes, ears and nose, and make heart, lung and bowel sounds. Air medical crews can practice real-life scenarios on him. He’ll react to medications, anesthesia, oxygen and carbon dioxide. With SimMan® any working environment can be recreated with the use of the manufacture’s All Terrain Simulation, software that simulates any working condition from a battlefield to an E.R. With the software, a full range of conditions and patients, from normal to stable to unstable can be recreated. This offers practitioners critical scenarios on which to respond accurately.

The clinical trainer can simulate health issues like a patient going into cardiac arrest. When he does SimMan® is clearly in distress. He’s gurgling, his breath sounds may be diminished, his pupils unresponsive. As medical crew take over, SimMan responds as they check his airway, administer IV medications and even shock him with a defibrillator.

Patient simulators are a valuable teaching tool and the air ambulance company’s medical crews that train with them keep their skills sharp. You can read more about the Angel MedFlight medical flight training here.



September 3, 2014

Delayed Drowning – The Unknown Threat




Year-round, parents get their little ones into swimming lessons to prepare them for a summer full of swimming as well as the unexpected water hazards that can come with it.  Teaching kids to use the buddy system is a great way to keep all kids accounted for.  We do this because it only takes a matter of seconds for a child who can’t swim to drown.  The law even stresses the importance of life jackets for kids and adults who can swim because there are so many potential threats if proper water safety isn’t practiced.

The latest online report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that “Every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.”  The Bulletin of the World Health Organization states the definition of drowning as “the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion/immersion in liquid.”

Original post can be found at 
http://blog.angelmedflight.com/2014/08/18/delayed-drowning-the-unknown-threat/