Special Designation Awarded to Wellmont’s Air Ambulance Service

Wellmont’s dedicated air ambulance service, WellmontOne Air Transport, has managed to achieve a special designation to recognize the quality of its service. The company has been delivering emergency care and transport in the region for nearly a decade. WellmontOne Air Transport has been provided with full accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems for the next three years.

WellmontOne’s Preparation Paid Off

The air ambulance service has been thoroughly preparing for almost a year. And after making a rigorous, two-day site visit the evaluators have deemed the program worthy of granting full accreditation. The Commission inspected and examined several aspects of WellmontOne’s operations. It also ensured that the service has a dedicated support structure and comprehensive safety services before deciding on granting the service with this status.

The COO and EVP of Wellmont Health System, Eric Deaton has expressed the company’s admiration for WellmontOne’s medical staff and pilot and their relentless commitment. The team has been able to provide exceptional care to patients experiencing medical conditions that are potentially life-threatening.

Thorough Inspection of Air Ambulance Service

During their on-site visit, the evaluators carefully reviewed the aviation and safety processes of WellmontOne as well as its quality assurance. They inspected the way they stock their supplies in the helicopter, ensuring that the helicopter is fully equipped with all the medication and critical care equipment required for providing patient care.

The evaluators also found it crucial to analyze the quality improvement standards of WellmontOne. According to the director of flight services for WellmontOne, Anita Perry, a major strength is the kind of support provided for the program by top administrators in the health system.

The base for WellmontOne is at Bristol Motor Speedway. The program has catered to the emergency service requirements of residents in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee since 2008.

REACH Air Medical Services to Discontinue Helicopter Services from North Bend Air Station

REACH Air Medical Services have decided to discontinue their emergency helicopter service from their North Bend Air Station this month. The North Bend Air Station was once used for both their airplane and helicopter emergency transportation services. Starting this month, it will only be providing airplane services.

Shift in Location for Helicopter Air Medical Services

However, this doesn’t mean that REACH will no longer be providing their helicopter service for residents in Coos County. Instead, they will be moving their helicopter services to Roseburg. According to Anna Blair, vice president of business for REACH, they’ve found it inconvenient to combine their airplane and helicopter service in one location.

Now with a dedicated helicopter team located in Roseburg, REACH will be providing a 24-hour service to residents in the surrounding regions. This includes not only the Coos County area but also Bay Area Hospital. The previous helicopter service operating out of North Bend wasn’t available for 24 hours a day.

REACH Expects to Deliver Better Service

With this change from North Bend to Roseburg, REACH Air Medical Services hopes to be able to deliver better service. According to Blair, this change results in more available membership coverage. This will enable them to be in the position to save more lives in the long run.

In the recent months, their emergency coverage in the southern Oregon region has significantly improved as well. In addition to providing emergency helicopter transport services, REACH also takes upon organ transports.

REACH’s sister company, Cal-Ore Life Flight is also expected to open up a new air station in Brookings this month. This new station will have a Bell 407 helicopter operating out of it. And for the first time, there will be a dedicated helicopter emergency service for Curry County.

New Landing Site Makes Night Flights Possible for Devon Air Ambulance Service

Devon Air Ambulance joins the growing list of air ambulance service providers who are extending their services to provide night flights. A new community landing site has been prepared at the Broadclyst Recreation Field, so that the service’s helicopter will be able to land safely at night.

Lighting Installed at New Landing Site

The new landing site at the Recreation Field has been fitted with lighting that will facilitate emergency night operations for the air ambulance service. The lighting will be remotely operated by the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services. Broadclyst Parish Council will be looking after the new landing facility.

A part of the funding for this new facility has been covered by the Parishes Together Fund, run by the Devon County Council and the East Devon District Council. Devon Air Ambulance also received funding from fines through the Bank Libor. These banking fines were able to cover part of the funding for the facility as well.

Essential Night Time Air Ambulance Service for Broadclyst

According to statements from a member of the decision making panel of the Parishes Together Fund, the floodlit landing site will ensure that paramedics can safely reach the heart of the Broadclyst community and deliver crucial medical transport service even at night. The panel has expressed their excitement to provide the project with necessary funding.

Devon Air Ambulance’s Community Landing Sites Officer, Toby Russell expressed the team’s delight for the night landing site, which is now operational. The air ambulance crew will be able to provide emergency service till midnight every day. They also expect to provide their services for longer when they further extend their operations in the future.

Since the project has received sufficient funding from Libor bank fines and the Parish Together Fund, it has been nearly cost-neutral for the community.

National Conference of Insurance Legislators Now Has Model Law for Air Ambulances

An executive committee at the NCOIL (National Conference of Insurance Legislators) has come up with a model law that will be used for handling air ambulance claims. The drafters of this law tried to maintain a balance between the interests of everyone involved – patients, air ambulances, and insurers.

Law Drafted in Accordance to the Federal Airline Deregulation Act

The drafters also had to comply with the rules of the Federal Airline Deregulation Act in addition to keeping the interests of each party in mind. Under the act, states have no control over the price and route as well as the service of air carriers, including air ambulances. The drafters took care to note this in a statement they presented in the bill introduction.

Details of the NCOIL Model for Air Ambulances

In the model, the NCOIL requires that a health plan that doesn’t have an adequate network of service providers provide a reimbursement rate according to the state’s average. The model defines the use of an air ambulance as medically necessary in case the service is requested by a first responder or a neutral certified medical professional, not considering the ability of the patient to pay for the service.

There is also a limitation in the liability of insured patients in case of medically necessary service. Their liability will only be limited to the patient’s coinsurance amount, copayment, and deductable regardless of whether or not the service provider is within the network. The model also requires that any dispute regarding reimbursement be resolved under the state’s insurance department, through a relevant dispute resolution program.

The drafters also made a suggestion for adjudicators that when they review a service provider’s claim, they should consider all the costs related to uncompensated care, 24/7/365 readiness, and the need to make a reasonable profit by the provider.

Three New Medical Flight Helicopters Added to Mercy Flight Fleet

Mercy Flight will be able to enhance the quality of their service after upgrading their fleet with three new medical flight helicopters from Bell. The medical care provider will also benefit from the approval it received from Washington to operate under bad weather using instrument flight rules. These three new helicopters will be replacing the older helicopters they’re currently using.

New Helicopters to Replace Older Medical Flight Helicopters

Mercy Flight currently operates four older helicopters, which are getting costly to maintain. The three new helicopters will eventually replace these older choppers. Mercy Flight had to borrow $23 million to purchase these new helicopters. The first one is expected to begin operating in late spring of 2018.

The new helicopters purchased by Mercy Flight can fly faster than the older ones. Their vibration is also milder, which will be more comfortable for patients. The new models are fully equipped to provide the same level of care as provided in emergency rooms. The crew will be able to give blood transfusions to not just one but two patients at a time.

As a result of this high-end equipment and upgraded machinery, the new helicopters will be able to help the Mercy Fight crew in saving more lives. The medical flight crew will be able to ensure that patients have a better chance of survival, as well as prep them for surgery immediately after their arrival at a hospital.

Combination of High-End Helicopters and Skilled Crew to Save More Lives

Mercy Flight helicopters are operated by a team of highly-skilled medical crew. A combination of their expertise and the high-end helicopter functionality is expected to be highly beneficial for patients. Since the crew will now be able to administer blood transfusions to more than one person at a time, they won’t have to decide which patient to prioritize.

Safer Landing for Air Ambulances Due to Donation from the HELP Appeal

Air ambulances in Yorkshire will now be able to extend their flying hours and benefit critically ill or injured patients in the region thanks to a significant donation made by the HELP Appeal. The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust received £123,000 from the Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads Appeal.

Funds to be Used for Equipping Leeds General Infirmary Helideck

The funds received from the HELP Appeal will be used to equip the Leeds General Infirmary helideck with critical lighting equipment and fire fighting equipment. This will enable air ambulances to land here much later into the evening and transport patients to and from the Leeds Major Trauma Center.

This will enable the center’s medical staff to quickly intervene and save the lives of seriously ill or injured patients. Leeds Major Trauma Center is among England’s 22 major trauma center that provide round-the-clock medical care. Their service extends to adults located in the West Yorkshire region and children from other regions.

HELP’s Donation Enables Air Ambulances to Save More Lives

The Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads Appeal is a national charity, which was set up with the main purpose of funding new or upgraded equipment for Major Trauma Centres and enable night landing. According to the charity’s chief executive, Robert Bertram, people can suffer from illnesses and injuries at any time – regardless of whether it’s night or day.

And with winter coming, there’s less daylight for air ambulance helicopters to make safe landings at hospital helipads. With the new lighting equipment they’ve funded, the Leeds General Infirmary will be able to solve this problem and enable helicopters to land on their helipad even at night.

Along with the state-of-the-art lighting equipment, the funds will help provide for a static fire-fighting system. This equipment will make it easier to extinguish fires efficiently.

Medical Flight Service Company Cleared of Negligence in 2013 Crash

ORNGE, a medical flight service company based in Ontario has been cleared of negligence in the 2013 air ambulance crash that resulted in four deaths. An Ontario court judge ruled that the company’s failure to provide night vision goggles to their two pilots who were killed in the crash wasn’t negligence.

Charges Dismissed Under Canadian Labour Code

Justice Bruce Duncan had to dismiss all the three charges that were made against ORNGE based on Canadian Labour Code. The decision has triggered the need to take a critical look at the current safety regulations under which air ambulance providers in the country are governed. The judge explained that decisions need to be made objectively and in a dispassionate manner, as required by the law.

The judge went on to explain how it is unavoidable for the proceedings to appear technical and harsh. He then assured families and friends that the lives lost during the crash have not been forgotten. The people who died in the crash were all staff members of the medical flight service company.

Medical Flight Service Companies were not Required to Provide Visual Aids in 2013

Upon his dismissal of the two counts regarding the company’s failure to provide night vision goggles to their pilots, the judge explained that there were several reasons why no reasonable operator would have introduced visual aids in 2013. For instance, there was no requirement under Transport Canada and the use of visual aids was uncommon in Canada at the time.

In his 33-page decision, the judge also wrote that all the crew members had the capability to fly on instruments alone. Besides, there was also the life expectancy of S76s, which was involved in the crash and was already 30 years old at the time. As a reason for this, there was no justification for the public cost of retrofitting them.

Air Alliance Medflight Wins Coveted Award for Air Ambulance Companies

Air Alliance Medflight has been chosen as the Air Ambulance Provider of the Year for 2017 by the International Travel and Health Insurance Journal. The award is highly coveted among air ambulance companies and was regularly won by REVA during the previous years. This year, the honour went to Air Alliance because of their outstanding service and improvement in the field.

Three Air Ambulance Companies were Finalists

Every year, the International Travel and Health Insurance Journal choose finalists for the award, out of which they decide on which one is the most deserving. This year, the three finalists for the Air Ambulance Provider of the Year award were Air Alliance Medflight, ACE Air & Ambulance (Pvt) Ltd, and Tyrol Air Ambulance GmBH.

The winners of the award were announced on Thursday, November 9 in Barcelona. In addition to the Air Ambulance Provider of the Year award, ITIJ gave out several other awards such as the International Travel and Health Insurer of the Year award, the Medical Provider of the Year award, the Specialist Service Provider of the Year award, and more.

Each of these awards had different sponsors. For the Air Ambulance Provider of the Year award, the official sponsor was UC San Diego Health. A representative of UC San Diego Health, Larry Baker said that Air Alliance was chosen because they proved themselves to be worthy winners amidst all the other air ambulance companies, which were strong competitors.

Factors to Play a Role in their Win

The decision to name Air Alliance as Air Ambulance Company of the Year 2017 resulted from the company’s commitment to update their fleet and maintain continuous growth. The company also has international setups, which gave them an even bigger reason to win. Air Alliance has bases in the U.K, Austria, and Germany.

Upgrade on Schedule for Midlands Air Ambulance Service

Midlands Air Ambulance Service has reported that they are on schedule with their project to upgrade their fleet. The charity is investing in a new H145 helicopter that will enable them to save more lives in their air ambulance operations. If everything goes as planned, the new helicopter will be joining their charity’s existing fleet in January 2018.

New Helicopter Already Made First Flight

Although the new helicopter hasn’t yet joined the fleet, it has already made its first flight in early October. It was built at the Airbus headquarters located in Donauworth, Germany. The flight was made to the U.K. so it could undergo equipment fit-out, which took place at the headquarters of Babcock Missions Critical Services in Staverton, Gloucestershire.

Babcock Missions Critical Services is the aviation partner of Midlands Air Ambulance Service. According to the charity’s chief executive Hanna Sebright, the state-of-the-art helicopter is on schedule. They made the decision to invest in a larger helicopter, which cost them £7 million, so that they can continue to provide exceptional pre-hospital care to patients in need.

Sebright also said that the charity was able to make the purchase with the help of ongoing support from the public. They also received a grant worth £1 million from banking fines. By making this investment, the charity hopes to reduce their overall operational costs and improve their sustainability.

New Air Ambulance Service Helicopter to be Based in Shropshire

The new helicopter for Midlands Air Ambulance is registered as G-RMAA and will be operated from the charity’s base in Shropshire. As of now, the charity owns an EC135 helicopter. It also leases two other EC135 helicopters from BMCS. The charity will continue to lease one of the helicopters while the other will be replaced by the new G-RMAA.

New Dedicated Air Ambulance Service Introduced for Organ Transplant Patients

Intermountain Life Flight has partnered with Intermountain Donor Services to invest in a dedicated air ambulance jet for organ transplant patients. The jet is a Cessna Citation/CJ4 and costs $7 million. It will be used for collecting donor organs for patients who are in need of organs in Utah. The air ambulance service will also transport organ transplant patients as necessary.

Safer Patient Transport with New Jet

According to Intermountain Life Flight’s executive director, Pam Moore, the company has been receiving a lot more requests for patient transport across the country within the past couple of years. With the new jet, they will be able to fulfil those requests quickly and efficiently. They will also be able to provide a much safer environment for transporting patients in need.

The new jet is a lot faster than all the other aircrafts in their fleet. While turbopop aircrafts fly at a speed of 310 miles per hour, the new air ambulance service jet flies at 500 miles per hour. It can fly at a height of up to 45,000 feet, while the older aircrafts can only fly up to 30,000 feet. This means they will be able to avoid weather complications much more easily.

In addition to this, the new jet will be able to fly longer distances as it can fly for up to 2,100 miles without making a fuel stop. The turbopop aircrafts can only travel for 1,200 miles till it requires a refuelling.

Faster Air Ambulance Service for Organ Transplant

With the new jet being much faster, the company will be able to fly quickly enough to make organ deliveries when needed. They have been struggling with the issue of transporting organs for a while. The new jet allows them to reach organ recipients across the country much faster than before.